Manager claims that Eriksen has ‘done his job for Tottenham’

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Dom Le Roy

Denmark manager Age Hareide has insisted that Christian Eriksen’s focus is fully on the national team following revelations about his future plans.

Eriksen told the Danish press earlier this week that he wants to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer to seek a new challenge, whilst naming Real Madrid as a club he would be interested in joining (Ekstra Bladet).

The 27-year-old is currently on international duty and is likely to start this evening’s Euro 2020 qualifier at home to the Republic of Ireland.

After the disappointing defeat to Liverpool last Saturday night, Hareide believes the best way for Eriksen to bounce back is to put in a good performance this evening at the Telia Parken Stadium.

The national team boss insisted that he does not speak to his players about their future at their respective club side as it would complicate matters.

Eriksen joined Spurs from Ajax in 2013 and has been influential in recent seasons in helping the club to four successive top four finishes in the Premier League table.

Hareide told Sky Sports: “I think the best way to recover is to have a good game. If you have a good game after a disappointment you tend to get over it in a quicker way, so I think that is important for him.”

He added: “I don’t speak to the players about their club situations. We have a good relationship with the players and it would be a mix-up if I try to talk about that.

“I have to concentrate on the national team. Christian loves to play football and I think his focus is on that. He also loves to play for Denmark and that is the main thing for me.

“He has done well for Tottenham and we had so many special occasions [with him] playing in our side. But he has done his job for Tottenham and Denmark, so we have to wait and see what’s happening.”

Opinion

Hareide is always going to priortise Denmark over Tottenham. Eriksen’s mind is already made up and it’s now a case of Daniel Levy negotiating the best deal for the club and hopefully reinvest the money in some quality replacements.

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