Tottenham Hotspur will likely not be busy in the transfer window this January, but they do have important business to attend to within their squad.
Even if they fail to bring in any new faces, they must ensure they keep the key players already there around for the long-term future.
Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld both has their respective contracts extended by an extra year recently, leaving Christian Eriksen as the next main focus.
The Great Dane has entered the final 18 months of his current contract, a deal that would expire in the summer of 2020.
This means Spurs will either have to convince him to sign now, sell up in the summer for a profit, or let him go on a free at the end of next season.
The first option will be their preferred, and Tottenham will surely do everything in their power to get Eriksen to sign a new deal.
Pochettino had this to say on the matter (Football London): “I told Christian, I knew you were going to be here. I said to Christian, we have a problem with Danish media! (laughs) We hope that he can be here for a long time. I think Christian is a fantastic player.
“I was in Copenhagen in the summer. I spent time with Jesus, my wife and Christian very nice restaurant. We all hope that Christian that agree with the club a long-term contract because he’s a great player.
“But like I explained a few weeks ago, in football it’s about timings, negotiations, different parts and how they feel. Of course, it’s his right to wait, to sign this week or in six months, to have different dreams and challenges.
“For me, it’s not a point to discuss. He’s committed to us, he’s playing so well. I’m so happy with him.
Christian is a very special person and you need to give him freedom, like on the pitch. You cannot put him in a box. You need to give freedom and trust him. Like my dog, in the park. I trust my dog. I say, ‘Go, I trust you’.
“And Christian is a very clever person and of course there’s going to be a decision from him, from the club, from different parts and I hope he can be committed to the club long-term.”
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