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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said the team's star midfielder, Christian Eriksen, needed "freedom" to make a decision about his future.
The agreement of the game maker with the Spurs will expire at the end of the 2019-2020 campaign, raising some concerns among Tottenham fans about the loss of the Danish international.
Speaking of Eriksen during his press conference Friday before the match against Manchester United on Sunday, Pochettino said he trusted the midfielder to make the right decision and compared the 26-year-old dog to his dog, per Harry West of purpose.
"Maybe he'll sign next week or in six months, or that his club and he have different challenges and dreams," said the boss of the Spurs. "This is a very special person.You must give freedom, as in the field, you can not put it in the box.As my dog, when you go into the park, you have to give freedom and trust."
As Dan Kilpatrick of Standard evening relayed, Eriksen spoke about his contractual situation in Tottenham recently:
Dan Kilpatrick @Dan_KP
#thfc Eriksen quite vague about contracts with the Danish media. "I think people know what I want and I know what they [Tottenham] would like, and there is a good dialogue so there is nothing there. "
The Spurs have been able to associate a number of key assets with long-term contracts in recent years, including Pochettino himself. Star striker Harry Kane and Dele Alli are also secured through lucrative offers.
according to Gary Jacob of Time, The extension of Eriksen proves much more difficult. The independent (h / t Albert Escandell of Sport) recently reported that Real Madrid had made the Tottenham man his first target as he sought to add creativity to his midfield options.
Losing Eriksen would be a blow to Tottenham because he has provided the team with many memorable moments over the years:
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Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen has scored 19 goals out of the goal area in the Premier League; best player in the competition since his debut (September 2013).
He has already scored four goals and seven assists in the Premier League this season, having collected 10 goals and 10 assists in the 2017-18 season.
For Pochettino, he was a very useful player. Eriksen is always productive because of his exceptional technique, vision and editing skills, but he is also versatile. Under Argentine, the Dane has been used on both flanks, as No. 10 and in a deeper position in the midfield lately.
He has always been one of the most creative footballers in the Premier League:
WhoScored.com @Who scored
Christian Eriksen: Of the 203 players who have tried 10 or more dribbles, only Andre Gray (10%) has a lower dribbling success rate than Eriksen (18.2%) in the Premier League this season.
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Pochettino is clearly relaxed about the situation involving Eriksen and nothing indicates for the moment that the performances of the midfielder are hindered by the contractual saga. Still, if summer comes and there is no extension agreed, Tottenham will be vulnerable to the loss of the player for a stunning price.
The Spurs hope that this will not happen because they are going in the right direction and are getting closer to the challenges for important prices.