Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has accused Inter Milan of meddling in Christian Eriksen’s transfer away from Spurs.
The Danish international contract’s Spurs expires at the end of the season and has been heavily with a move to the Italian giants with recent reports claiming that the deal was all but agreed (ESPN).
However, Mourinho insisted that Tottenham are yet to receive an offer from the Serie A side for the midfielder and that nothing had changed regarding the 27-year-old’s future (Football.London).
He criticised the way Inter have conducted themselves during the transfer saga and insisted that coaches of clubs shouldn’t talk about players until they have put pen to paper..
Pointing out how he refused to talk about Gedson Fernandes’ transfer until it was completed, the 56-year-old said he expected the same courtesy from his colleagues.
Speaking to Football.London, the Spurs head coach said: “I think we coaches, we should all behave in the same way in relation to transfers. I know that for you it is not the best way, but I think we should always be closed, until something really happens.
“So when you ask me about player A, B or C, like when I was asked about three players, how can I speak about three players that are not my players? I think we should always be protective. Nothing, nothing. When I see people with responsibilities, speaking about Eriksen.
“I think we shouldn’t speak about players from other clubs until they become our players. We shouldn’t speak about players from other clubs. You ask me about Gedson since the moment Gedson’s name was on the screen: goes to west ham, goes to Tottenham. You ask me if he comes, if he doesn’t come, I told you nothing.
“Even after the game against Middlesbrough I ask you (turns to press officer) is it done or not done? You say no, so if it’s not done, it’s not done. I have nothing to say about. I think that’s the best way. You protect everybody, you protect the clubs, you protect the player, you protect everything.”
Despite his issues with his former club’s antics, he insisted that the incident did nothing to change his feeling towards the club where he famously won the treble in 2010.
When asked if dealing with Inter was awkward given his history with the club, Mourinho said: “That’s not my Inter. My Inter was Moratti Inter. This is not my Inter. I have no connections with the people so I think it’s nothing to do with that.
“Nothing can change my feeling with Inter, it’s not a situation with a player that is going to change my feeling with the club and the fans. No chance.”
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It is clear based on Mourinho’s words that Inter are yet to make an acceptable offer for Eriksen. Perhaps they are counting on Spurs lowering the midfielder’s valuation since the Lilywhites have very little power given Eriksen’s contract situation. This one looks like it could well drag on till deadline day.
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