Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen seemed likely to leave the club in the summer but a move away from North London never materialised for the Dane.
While some Spurs fans were pleased for the Dane to stay beyond the closure of the summer transfer, his performances so far this campaign have left many wishing he had actually left.
The 27-year-old has looked a shadow of the player which had made him a firm fan favourite but it is evident to see that there has been a noticeable downturn in form since the tail end of last season.
Danish publication Ekstra Bladet (as relayed by Sport Witness) have claimed that the Danish international’s poor form this season can be attributed to his disappointment at failing to get a summer move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.
It is claimed that Eriksen was keen to leave in the summer and didn’t expect there to be so little interest in him.
Furthermore, the report also sheds doubts on the prospect of him leaving the club in January despite his contract running down next summer.
The publication talked to respected football journalists from Spain, Italy, Germany and England and the general consensus seemed to be that while the Spurs midfielder was a good player, he was not quite at the top of any club’s shopping list.
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Eriksen has only himself to blame for the lack of interest from Europe’s top clubs. His performance levels have dropped considerably in the last year and a half. If he had maintained the same level he displayed until a couple of seasons ago, the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona would have been queuing up for his signature.
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