Christian Eriksen has earned the right to display his skills on the World Cup stages of Russia next summer and according to an article on Yahoo Sports that could spell bad news for Spurs
The article starts by referring to Eriksen’s sensational hat-trick on Tuesday as Denmark beat Ireland 5-1 in Dublin which cemented his recently acquired ‘world class’ status and coming on the back of his terrific display for our boys against Real Madrid in the Champions League earlier this month, and the article adds his value in the transfer market Top 100 rating is rising at a rapid rate.
It warns that he may have signed a new contract with Spurs in September 2016, however Daniel Levy would be wise to consider fresh talks with Eriksen and his agent after a season that has seen him rise to an elite level, years after he flirted with the prospect of fulfilling his ultimate sporting dream.
It is of course referring to Barcelona and Eriksen’s desire to sample life in Catalonia at some time over the course of his career, with after an albeit brief experience of having a trial with the club when he was just 15 fuelling his ambition to one-day become a hero of the Nou Camp.
It refers to Eriksen as quietly spoken and how he admits he was overwhelmed by the experience of taking part in a solitary training game in Barcelona colours and how he felt at the time equally out of his depth during daunting trials with AC Milan and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
The article fast forwards to a full decade later, and says Eriksen is ready to touch the heights many were predicting he would reach back in 2005 and a starring role at Russia 2018 next summer may be enough to persuade Barcelona to come calling for his services once again.
The article does refer to Eriksen probably insisting publicly that he is happy at Hotspur Way, however it does say it doesn’t take much prodding to reveal his true feelings as when rumours surfaced that the Catalan giants were eyeing up a move to Eriksen as their bid to sign Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho floundered last summer, and the Spurs playmaker admitted it would be hard to turn down a Nou Camp move.
“I don’t think there a lot of players who would say no to Barcelona,” he told reporters in his native Denmark. “In the future I see myself at the highest level. That’s what I dream about. That could be in two to three years. It could be at a different club or it could be at Tottenham, if we have got all the way to that level.”
Those words that cannot have sat well with the Spurs hierarchy and left little doubt that Eriksen would back himself to make the grade if his second chance comes with Barcelona.
However the article does point out that when Mauricio Pochettino arrived it gave him(Eriksen) the confidence and platform he needed to mature into a world star.
“He is so special. We always call him ‘Golazo’ because he is capable of scoring unbelievable goals and I want him to score more and more,”: the article quotes Pochettino as saying “He is a player that does not need too much feedback from the fans, the media, the people outside, but maybe in the last few months people appreciate what a great player he is and can be.
Pochettino added: “He always has a smile, he is a happy person and I like him a lot because he does not need to be recognised. He needs only to feel the love from us inside the club. I like that a lot.”
The article also adds that Pochettino was pivotal in ensuring Eriksen signed a new four-year contract last September, with reports suggesting his new deal saw him double his wages to around £70,000-per-week. It does however point to the fact that Eriksen could earn three times more if he realised his dream of moving to Barcelona or one of Tottenham’s big Premier League rivals.
It’s concludes by saying that dream move (to Barcelona) seemed out of reach to a player who has never gone out of his way to seek the fame and fortune of the game’s A-listers, but his form in the last couple of years means he is now on the radar of the biggest clubs in the game.
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