Mauricio Pochettino says he hopes Christian Eriksen will remain a Tottenham Hotspur player this summer amid speculation linking the midfielder with a move away.
Last week, the Guardian claimed Eriksen is running out of options to leave Spurs with Real Madrid chasing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Barcelona prioritising the return of Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.
The two La Liga giants are said to be two of the only clubs Eriksen will consider departing for, and there have been suggestions the Dane could sign a new contract with Tottenham if a move to Barcelona or Madrid proves impossible.
Promisingly, Pochettino certainly sounds more hopeful than he has in the past about one of his best players sticking around for the 2019/20 season.
The Spurs boss was at the F1 British Grand Prix on Sunday and was asked by the Danish media if Eriksen will stay with the club this summer.
“I hope yes,” Pochettino said. “I think he is a great player, one of the biggest stars in football.
“After five years with him I always enjoy the way that he plays, and hope [he stays], yes.
“But there’s a lot of interest from different places. I hope yes, but I don’t know what is going to happen.”
Tottenham have already strengthened their midfield with the record signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon but they are yet to bring in a playmaker who would replace Eriksen were he to leave.
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