Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he is uncertain about Christian Eriksen’s Tottenham future and has suggested the Dane has the right to consider leaving the club.
Eriksen’s current contract expires at the end of next season. He has been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent transfer windows.
Earlier this week, reports revealed Eriksen is stalling on Tottenham’s latest offer of a new deal, which was lodged last month.
In a press conference on Thursday ahead of Spurs’ trip to Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup, Pochettino was asked about Eriksen’s situation.
“What’s going to happen between him and the club is not only in our hands,” Pochettino said (via ESPN).
“I’m not a person that suffers too much in this type of situation because football is dynamic. Football is about interests that as managers or head coaches we sometimes cannot manage. It depends on many things in this business – different parties that have interests.
“Of course [he] is such an important player for Tottenham and of course as a person or as a professional coach or manager, you would like to have this type of player with you. But in the end it’s a negotiation and different parties have different interests.
“It will be fantastic if Christian is going to be committed with the club for the long-term – if not, it’s his right to do what he wants to do.”
Eriksen has scored six goals and provided nine assists in 25 appearances across all competitions so far this season.
The 26-year-old was on the scoresheet in Tottenham’s 3-0 victory at Cardiff City on New Year’s Day, running the show in yet another important win.
Pochettino signed a new contract in the summer but has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona since then.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min also committed their long-term futures to Spurs last year – hopefully Eriksen does the same sooner rather than later.