Eriksen in hint over Spurs exit
Just days after Champions League final defeat, Danish midfielder is linked with move
06 June, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
CHRISTIAN Eriksen has reportedly sent out a clarion call to Real Madrid after revealing for the first time that he is ready to leave Tottenham.
The Denmark international, who has just one year left on his contract, has long been linked with the La Liga side, and sent out a come-and-get-me plea yesterday (Wednesday) when he reportedly said that the time is right to “try something new”.
But with Spurs fans still reeling from Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League final, Eriksen offered some hope by admitting that he hasn’t completely ruled out staying in north London, providing any deal is sorted out quickly.
“I feel that I am in a place in my career where I might want to try something new,” he told Danish publication Ekstrabladet. “I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened in Tottenham, I won’t be negative, but I have also said that I would like to try something new.
“I hope there will be a clarification during the summer,” he added.
“That’s the plan. In football you do not know when a clarification comes. It can happen any time. Everyone wants it best if it happens as soon as possible, but in football things take time.
“It depends on [Spurs chairman] Daniel Levy and another club has to come – or I have to sit down at the table and negotiate a new contract. You can’t set a date yourself.”
Should Eriksen head for the exit door and leave Tottenham this summer, he insists that it will only be to a club that provides a “step up”.
“There are not many points that Tottenham cannot meet. If I have to go, then hopefully it will be a step up,” he said.
“[Real Madrid] is a step up. But it requires Real Madrid to call Tottenham and say they want me. And they have not done so yet, as far as I know.
“It is hard. It depends on the possibilities. If nothing pops up that is more exciting, why not stay in Tottenham?”
Meanwhile, the red and white half of north London could see their club return to Sampdoria to spend their money.
Arsenal have reportedly targeted Dennis Praet as their first summer signing, and are looking to reunite the midfielder with Lucas Torreira, who they bought off the Serie A side 12 months ago.
Praet has revealed he has an agreement with Sampdoria and can leave if the Italian club receives a suitable offer.
“I want to move to a top club in one of the four top leagues,” he said.