Amazon Prime released the first three episodes of their brand-new ‘All or Nothing’ docu-series about Tottenham Hotspur last night.
One of the hot topics during these initial episodes was the future of Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, and Toby Alderweireld, all of whom had just one year left on their contracts at the start of filming.
Of course, we now know that Eriksen eventually transferred to Inter Milan, Jan Vertonghen left on a free and joined Benfica, while Alderweireld signed a new Spurs deal.
However, it was interesting to watch the documentary and see the players commenting on their futures before final actions were taken.
Eriksen started the new season by publically stating to the media that he wanted to look for a new challenge away from Tottenham (Ekstra Bladet).
Let’s take a look at every word that Christian, Jan, and Toby said on their futures behind the scenes during episode three (All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur – Episode 3).
Christian Eriksen –
Eriksen on transfer rumour: “In the news, I’ve been rumoured with around 1,000 clubs in my career and some of them I haven’t even heard of. I mean, they talk about you as an object. It’s you’re going to go here, you’re going to go there, you’re going to be paid that, you’re going to be paid that, and it’s not good. It’s the only business in the world where you’re allowed to write whatever you want and there’s no consequences. Football is public, so you can just say whatever you want. A football career is short.”
Eriksen on not playing and wanting to leave: “If I’m not playing, of course I am going to be upset. As a footballer, you want to play every game. Tottenham as a club has been my home for six and a half years where I have really felt the love coming to the training ground, coming to the stadium, playing games, but ever since I said that I wanted to try something new, in the stadium this season it has been on and off. But, I get that, because they want the best for the team.”
Jan Vertonghen –
Vertonghen on discussing his future with Alderweireld: “We’re [Jan and Toby] both out of contract in the summer, so we’ve been talking about it a lot, every day we talk about our future. You know, I think that Tottenham is a very stable club, we have proven that over the years. It’s a nice club, nice people working on every level. The new stadium and playing Champions League nearly every year. You know, it’s a good place to be. I cherish every moment when I go outside. I enjoy being a football player for Spurs.”
Vertonghen on his decision: “Because I’m reaching a certain age now, I want security in my life. I like to plan ahead and it might be that in two months I have to sell my house. I have to move my kids out of their school and I don’t even know where. My daughter, she loves her school and she can’t wait to get to the next year and I’m not even telling her that there’s a chance that she won’t go there.”
Vertonghen on Toby and his future: “Yeah, Toby is an exceptional player and obviously I am very happy for him. I know there will be one day that is going to be my last day here or in my career and I don’t like to think about it. I still don’t know if I am going to stay here [Tottenham] or not. That’s the certainty, but I still feel very good so I am not ready to go to places where I cannot have that ambition. Spurs is in my heart and the players are in my heart and, talking in the future, we don’t know what is going to happen. But, hopefully, when this comes out, I have decided and I know where I am.”
Toby Alderweireld –
Toby on signing his new Spurs deal: “I’m getting to the stage in my career that I don’t have 15 years in front of me so I have to choose where I want to play. Do I see myself playing for another club? Not really. There are all sorts of things you have to think about, you know? Not only yourself on the pitch, as well for your family. My family is happy, my second child is on the way so, all those things, it’s like it gets me to the moment where I decide that I just want to stay here and be a part of this team for the next couple of years.”
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