Pundit warns Spurs could face ‘another Christian Eriksen situation’

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Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has warned the club that it faces ‘another Christian Eriksen situation’ if Harry Kane does not sign a new contract.

Kane put a brief end to speculation surrounding his Spurs future after announcing his plans to stay in north London this summer, and revealed he intends to help Nuno Espirito Santo achieve success this season.

Spurs had to fend off interest from Manchester City this summer, who have held Kane in high esteem for a number of months now.

Pep Guardiola’s side tabled a £100 million bid in June but saw it rejected by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who stood firm on his minimum valuation of £150 million.

Following Kane’s decision to remain in N17 for the time being, The Athletic recently reported that he had been offered a lucrative new deal, but turned down that opportunity in the hope of gaining a move to the reigning Premier League champions.

Ex-Spurs man Robinson now believes that Spurs should do everything they can to tie the 28-year-old down to a new contract, to avoid a similar situation experienced by former midfielder Eriksen in 2020.

The Denmark captain has expressed his desire to try something new and elected not to renew his Spurs contract, forcing Levy’s hand to sell him for a cut-price £17 million in January 2020.

Speaking to Football Insider on the situation, Robinson said: “It would be a massive boost if he signed a new deal.

“He needs to commit his future to Spurs and stay because he wants to stay not because he has been forced.

“If he still wants to leave, even though the deal did not happen, this will resurface. It will be talked about all season and especially during the January window. This needs to be sorted out.

“For me there should have only been two options. One, he’s sold to the highest bidder and Nuno is given the money and time to invest it in his players. Or, two, he stays and signs a new deal. That is the only way this can be put to bed once and for all.

“If he doesn’t sign a new deal we have got another Christian Eriksen situation. It is impossible to get the best out of a player who does not want to be at the football club.”

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Kane has three years remaining on his current contract at Spurs, so Levy will not be sweating too much over losing any value if he was to be sold soon.

The situation regarding Eriksen, though, was one of the few times that had him panicking over what to do regarding transfer management.

The question is if Kane was to sign a new deal, he may want to add some kind of release clause, which Levy would likely be highly against.

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