Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen has suggested he is open to a summer move away from the club.
The Denmark international joined Spurs from Ajax in 2013 and has gone on to make 277 appearances for the club so far, but he is yet to win a major trophy in north London.
Eriksen’s Spurs future: Five key things to know…
- Eriksen has played 277 times for Spurs since joining from Ajax in 2013.
- But so far, he hasn’t won a major trophy with the club.
- Following Saturday’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool, Eriksen hinted he may be open to a transfer.
- Real Madrid and Barcelona have often been linked with his name.
- Eriksen also admitted Real Madrid would be a “step up” to Spurs should he depart.
To date, Eriksen has reached the 2015 League Cup final and this season’s Champions League final, losing to Chelsea and Liverpool respectively, but he has long been linked with a move to one of the Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
And following the 2-0 defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday, Eriksen has now admitted he “might want to try something new”.
“I feel like I’m at a point in my career where I might want to try something new. But again, I have the deepest respect for everything that has happened with Tottenham, nor will it be a negative thing to stay with the club,” he told BT.
“I hope there will be clarification during the summer. That’s the plan.
“The whole thing is, of course, thought through. All stones are turned, so it does matter that Tottenham are seen as a club who can win things.”
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Eriksen then insisted he would only move to a club which is seen as a “step up” from Spurs, although he did admit Real Madrid are one of the few names on that list which is growing ever shorter.
“If I were to leave, I would hopefully feel that this is a step up. Tottenham have progressed even higher than they were some years ago, so there aren’t many clubs to choose from,” he added.
“Real Madrid is a step up, but it requires that there be interest from the club before anything happens. It is not something you master yourself. It requires Tottenham to get a call from Real, who says they might want me, and that has – of what I know – not happened yet.”
Eriksen, who scored 10 goals in 50 games across all competitions during 2018/19, also didn’t rule out the possibility of remaining with Spurs next season – as long as “more exciting” opportunities fail to materialise.
“It depends on what the possibilities are. Whether there’s something exciting enough, or if there’s nothing more exciting than Tottenham. If there isn’t, I will sign a new contract,” he said.
“They are really happy that I am there and I am still very happy to be there. So there are really only positive vibes from Tottenham.”
Eriksen is currently on international duty with Denmark and is set to face Ireland in a 2020 European Championship qualifier on Friday.