Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has claimed that he knew what was likely to happen with the futures of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen from his first day at the club.
All three stars were into the final years of their current deals when Mourinho arrived in November. Toby Alderweireld has since singed a three and a half year extension which runs until 2023.
However, neither Vertonghen nor Eriksen looks close to putting pen to paper on a new deal with the latter being heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan this month (the Sun).
When asked what Eriksen had told him regarding his plans for the future, Mourinho told Football.London, “That’s for him to tell you. He had a conversation with me from day one and in day one I knew clearly what he wanted to do.
“I knew what Toby wanted to do and I also knew what Jan wanted to do. From day one. It was just a confirmation what Mr Levy told me before that. He told me exactly the same thing and there is no doubt.
“The only situation is to try to get the best from the players which is what I’m trying to do, and that’s it.”
The 56-year-old insisted that the club were yet to receive a suitable offer for the Danish international (Football.London) but the Spurs boss wasn’t surprised about the possibility of the midfielder joining Inter.
Clubs in Serie A have also been given a boost with a new tax law which means that players who move to Italy will be given a tax exemption covering 50 per cent of their salaries.
Speaking about the change in tax laws, the Spurs head coach said, “I think the tax laws is fantastic for Italian football. Now they are in conditions to attract more players based on this tax system, that creates more problems for other countries, yes, of course, but at the same time opens a new market and gives more possibilities of dealing with players to a very strong market at this moment.
“Inter looks really amazing. They have almost two teams, so maybe one to try to win Scudetto and one to try to win Europa League but in this moment it’s fantastic.”
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It looks like Mourinho is hinting that Eriksen made it clear to him from day one that he wants to leave the club. Jan Vertonghen has been public about his desire to continue at the club but he has to improve in the second half of the campaign if he is to prove that he deserves an extension.
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