Christian Eriksen is one of the most gifted players in European football, but he did not look himself on Tuesday night as Tottenham beat Manchester City 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at the new White Hart Lane.
The 27-year-old will enter the final 12 months of his contract in the summer and there has been a lot of speculation about whether or not the Denmark international will leave North London in the summer transfer window.
WILL ERIKSEN LEAVE SPURS?
Eriksen certainly looked like a player who cannot wait to pack his bags and leave Tottenham in the summer transfer window as he endured a torrid night against Man City. Speaking to the Transfer Window Podcast in February, transfer expert Ian McGarry claimed that the playmaker has turned down three new deals that have been tabled to him by Spurs. The London Evening Standard has since reported that Spurs could opt to cash in on Eriksen if they are able to find a suitable replacement. Offloading the midfielder in the upcoming transfer window makes sense if he is not willing to sign a new deal, as he could agree a pre-contract elsewhere in January 2020, and leave for free at the end of June next year. So will Eriksen leave Spurs this summer? It definitely looks likely, especially after his display against Man City on Tuesday night suggested that his heart is not in it anymore.
WHERE WILL ERIKSEN HEAD?
Eriksen is one of the best playmakers in world football so only the best clubs in the world will suffice for the Danish magician. Spanish newspaper AS reported last month that Eriksen features on the wishlist of Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane while Manchester United have also been strongly linked with the ex-Ajax ace. Tottenham fans would definitely rather he didn’t join another club in the Premier League, a stance that is likely to be shared by Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino. However at the end of the day, Eriksen is more than likely to join the highest bidder.
Eriksen has won five out of the last six Danish player of the year awards. Kasper Schmeichel is the only other Dane to win the accolade since 2013 after helping Leicester win the Premier League title in 2015/16.