Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen is hopeful club teammate Christian Eriksen stays in north London this summer.
The Denmark international has been reportedly linked with a move away from the Champions League finalists this summer, with Real Madrid offering interest.
Should Eriksen stay at Spurs? Five things to know…
- Christian Eriksen recently admitted he might leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
- The Dane has just one year left on his contract.
- Mirroring Eden Hazard’s contractual situation, Eriksen has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.
- Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has previously spoken about how various Spurs players tried to leave the club last summer.
- Spurs reached their first Champions League final this season but lost 2-0 to Liverpool.
Belgian defender Vertonghen has spoken out regarding the future of his club teammate Eriksen, unsurprisingly admitting that he is still hoping the 27-year-old opts to stay in north London.
Vertonghen – who played with Eriksen as young emerging players at Eredivisie champions Ajax – described the midfielder as an “exceptional player”.
“Obviously, when the transfer window starts, there are a lot of rumours, but there were rumours last year and everyone stayed together, so I’m hopeful,” Vertonghen told reporters.
“Christian is a great player. I have known him since he was 16, played with him since he was 16 or 17 [at Ajax] and I hope he’s with Tottenham next season. He’s an exceptional player.”
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Eriksen joined Spurs from Ajax in 2013 for a transfer fee of £11 million. Considered now as a bargain deal for a great player, Eriksen has gone on to play 276 games for Spurs in all competitions.
During that time, he has played 206 Premier League games, scoring 49 goals and providing 60 assists, meaning he has directly contributed to a Spurs Premier League goal every 1.88 games across his six years in England.
Real Madrid’s summer spending is set to reach massive heights with Hazard (£150m), Luka Jovic (£53.2m) and Eder Militao (£45m) already moving to the Santiago Bernabeu.