How Real Madrid’s Paul Pogba focus has impacted Christian Eriksen’s Tottenham future

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen & Real Madrid

Last week, in an interview with the Danish press, Christian Eriksen admitted that he’s open to leaving Spurs this summer.

Eriksen’s contract with Tottenham expires at the end of next season, and for months there have been rumours that the midfielder could leave north London.

Last week, the midfielder said: “I feel that I am at a place in my career where I might want to try something new.”

On rumours linking him to Real Madrid, Eriksen said: “It’s a step up. But it requires Real Madrid to call Tottenham and say they want Christian. And they have not done so yet, as far as I know.”

Real Madrid focus on Man United’s Paul Pogba

The headline story in Spanish paper Marca on Tuesday focused on Man United’s Paul Pogba.

Marca reported that Zinedine Zidane has told Real Madrid that the only midfielder he wants this summer is Pogba.

In addition, Marca claim that Zidane is not interested in the likes of Tottenham’s Eriksen and Ajax’s Donny van de Beek.

How the Pogba story has impacted Eriksen

In AS on Tuesday, the Spanish paper have focused on how Real Madrid’s focus on Pogba has impacted Eriksen and Tottenham.

AS say that while Eriksen had “already reached a verbal agreement to go to Madrid”, that “operation has stopped” due to the Pogba focus.

Eriksen is described as being “desperate”, and that’s left the Dane open to sitting down with Tottenham to discuss a contract extension.

AS believe that Eriksen has the “upper hand” in talks with Tottenham over a renewal deal.

Yet, when it comes to what the player actually wants, AS indicate that Eriksen would still prefer to move to Madrid rather than extending his stay with Spurs.

One conspiracy theory suggested by AS is that Eriksen would try to use talks with Spurs as a way of applying pressure to Real Madrid to make a move.

So will Eriksen sign a new deal with Tottenham?

AS consider the financial package which Tottenham will offer Eriksen to try to convince him to stay. Readers are told:

According to a source close to the player, Tottenham’s offer (to Eriksen is) to sign for another four years, but this time at the rate of 6 million net per year.

Daniel Levy: ‘Eriksen won’t leave for free’

At the tail-end of AS’s report, there’s the following sentence:

What is clear is that Daniel Levy will not let Eriksen go free next summer. That’s something that is not known in the modern history of the club.

It only happened with David Bentley, although that was because an agreement was reached. 

Paul Pogba’s podcast with The Times

Also see: Why Man United’s David De Gea was dropped for Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga vs Sweden.

Donny van de Beek wants Man United or Tottenham transfer – De Telegraaf.