Among the many challenges Jose Mourinho faces at Tottenham is the fact that several first-team stars will see their contracts with the club run out at the end of the season.
Christian Eriksen is one of the players who will be a free agent next summer and will be allowed to sign a pre-contract agreement with other non-English clubs in January.
After Mourinho insisted on Saturday that he would like to know what was in Eriksen’s heart and ahead of the game against Olympiacos, the Special One has now revealed that he did have a chat with the Danish international.
While he remained coy about what was said in the conversation, he insisted that he was in no doubt about the 27-year-old’s commitment to the cause.
He did hint, however, that his decision and starting line-ups will be selected with an eye on the future of the club.
When asked if he spoke with Eriksen, the new Spurs boss told Football.London, “Yeah, I’ve spoken with him. Obviously I’m not going to tell you our conversation, only me and him we know what we spoke about and Amazon because I’m always connected with the cables. They listen to everything I say and do.
“The important thing is that he’s committed with us so let’s not talk about his future, let’s not talk about what is going to happen. Is he leaving? Is he staying? Let’s talk about his commitment for the club and for his colleagues and for the project and he’s with us.
“My decisions about starting him or not starting, selecting or not select, will be based on a perspective of a future. I cannot hide that. It will also be based on the perspective of the future. We have a present and in football, we have to focus on the present, in this case, the game tomorrow, but it’s a club where you have to think about the future.
“These important decisions obviously they have an influence on my decisions as a head coach, but the important thing is that Christian staying or leaving, he’s that type of guy who easily I could understand. Proper guy, loves the club, loves his colleagues, amazing colleague in the dressing room. So it doesn’t matter what, he’s one of us until the last day.”
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Reading between the lines here, it does seem like Eriksen has reiterated his desire to seek a new challenge to Jose Mourinho. With the Dane not looking any closer to signing a new deal with the club, he is very likely to be off in the January transfer window as Mourinho wouldn’t want to keep players who don’t see themselves at the club long term.
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