Real Madrid are confident of signing Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen either in January or next summer, according to reports in Spain.

Eriksen’s contract expires at the end of the season and he was heavily linked with a move to Madrid this summer. A deal failed to materialise and the Dane put in a number of underwhelming performances under Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked last week.

New manager Jose Mourinho introduced Eriksen as a first half substitute against Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday night, and Spurs eventually turned a two-goal deficit into a 4-2 victory to qualify for the knockout stages.

But regardless of whether he will now begin to play more regularly, Eriksen’s future is still in doubt as he appears to be no closer to agreeing terms on a new contract.

As a result, Spanish outlet El Desmarque claims Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is confident Eriksen will move to the Bernabeu on a free transfer next summer. The La Liga giants could even bring the deal forward by paying around £25.5 million in January.

It will be interesting to see whether Mourinho puts faith in Giovani Lo Celso or targets a direct replacement if Eriksen leaves in January – Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes continues to be linked.



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