Mauricio Pochettino said it will be ‘difficult’ for Christian Eriksen to leave the club before the European transfer window closes at midnight tomorrow.

The Danish midfielder has been the subject of interest from Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United throughout the summer, but looks set to stay in North London despite admitting in early June that he would be open to a new challenge – preferring a move to the Spanish giants.

Despite the links away, the Argentine included Eriksen in his starting XI against Arsenal earlier today and the 27-year-old repaid his managers faith by playing a starring role as Tottenham earned a point against their arch rivals.

Eriksen played 90 minutes and tapped Spurs into an early lead, his first ever goal against the Gunners – and became the first ever Tottenham player in Premier League history to register 50 goals and 50 assists.

Spurs’ number 23 could essentially still depart, but with time running out for European clubs to do their business, Pochettino said he is confident that won’t be the case.

“There are still hours and one day. I want to say it is impossible but it will be difficult. Nothing is impossible in football, but I am optimistic,” Pochettino said in his post-match press conference after Spurs’ game against their rivals.



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