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Mauricio Pochettino admits Christian Eriksen situation is bad for Spurs amid fears of last-minute bid

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 15:18, 24 August 2019

Christian Eriksen’s transfer saga is not good for neither the player nor Tottenham Hotspur, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

Despite the English window being closed, Eriksen has still been heavily linked with a move abroad, although Spurs are yet to receive any concrete bids.

Will Eriksen stay at Spurs? Five things to know…

  • The European window doesn’t close until 2 September.
  • Eriksen said at the end of last season that he was keen for a new challenge.
  • Spurs reportedly rejected an approach from Man Utd.
  • Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele both signed for Spurs in the summer.
  • Real Madrid and Juventus are both reportedly keen on the Dane.

Speaking ahead of Spurs’ clash with struggling Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, Pochettino expressed his desire for the European window to shut as soon as possible.

He said: “It’s not the best situation for him [Eriksen] and for everyone.

“It is not what I think the club or the player expected [it] to be. You cannot put a finger on the problem. You try to minimalise the problem, try to treat the situation. This is an important player who needs to help the team with his performances.

“I am always open to help the club and to help the decision of Daniel [Levy, the chairman]. I know really well that decisions like this are not easy but I always try to be in the position to take the best benefit for the club. And for the player, too. The most important thing is to try to take the best decision for both sides.”

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What does the future hold for Eriksen?

Eriksen’s scintillating performances for Spurs over the past few years have led to an almost constant stream of speculation regarding the 27-year-old.

He was instrumental in Spurs’ run to the Champions League final last season: he scored a crucial winner against Inter in the stage which proved to be the turning point in what had been a disappointing season in Europe.

The numbers show that the Dane is an excellent player for the North Londoners: in the past three seasons, he has registered at least 20 goal contributions in the Premier League.

It is this impressive output that has led to European giants such as Madrid and Juventus becoming so interested. Real’s neighbours, Atletico, also registered an interest when they signed Eriksen’s team-mate Kieran Trippier earlier in the window.

However, the English window being closed means that it is unlikely Eriksen will go, as Spurs cannot sign a replacement until January. His contract runs out next summer regardless, so his future at Spurs is in serious doubt.