Rumour Mill: Tabloids create yet another Spurs exit story

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Dom Le Roy

After months of linking key Tottenham players such as Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Harry Kane with moves away from North-London, the media have now set their sights on Christian Eriksen for their latest headlines.

Now one of the biggest speculative stories of the week, English newspapers such as The Independent and The Evening Standard are suggesting a move from Tottenham to Barcelona is on the cards for 25 year old play-maker Christian Eriksen.

The rumours started following an interview the midfielder did with Danish tabloid newspaper Ekstra Badet, in which Eriksen spoke highly of the Spanish giants Barcelona. He said:

“There are always rumours about footballers, but Barcelona are a great club and I don’t think there are many who say no to Barcelona.”

This quote has however been taken largely out of context. He made this statement following acknowledgment of his previous spell with Barcelona that left a lot to be desired for the young Dane. Before joining Ajax, Eriksen had a trial with Barca which ultimately bore no fruit. He told Ekstra Badet:

“I have been there [at Barcelona] at some point and it was not very good.”

It seems more likely that Eriksen was referring to himself as the ‘not many’ who turn down Barcelona. For me, these quotes imply that he had a taste, didn’t enjoy it and doesn’t see himself going in for seconds. Putting the Barcelona rumours to one side, the 25 year old also then went on to talk about his future with Spurs.

“There is interest and there is definite interest,” He added. “Before there is concrete interest, I have no opinion on it. There are always rumours about footballers. I still have a contract with Tottenham a few more years.”

“In the future I see myself at the highest level. That’s what I dream about. It can be about two to three years. It may be in another club or it could be Tottenham if we have come all the way up.”

I feel as though there is no need for concern here. Eriksen spoke very calmly about these rumours. He dismissed them, reiterated his desire to win trophies and insisted that he could very well spend his career with Spurs so long as the club both match and deliver his desire for silverware.

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