By now you've probably heard that Christian Eriksen admitted he might want to play somewhere other than Tottenham Hotspur before his career ends. Last week, he said he's only focused on Spurs and he's not going anywhere. This week, he's talking about plans for the future. ZOMG CHRISTIAN STOP CONFUSING ME!
Except this really isn't that confusing at all. Here's what he had to say, via The Daily Star.
"I'm incredibly happy that [Spurs fans] seem happy with me. I am very glad that they like what they see. Of course I have a dream and a secret plan in my head. But I keep it to myself. Right now I live in the moment and enjoy the success I have."
A 22-year-old who played in the World Cup as a teenager, starred for Ajax and has established himself as one of the Premier League's best attackers has dreams about progressing his career and a plan in his head for the future? You don't say.
Of course, Tottenham supporters don't want to hear this. They want their club to be the destination club for players and a place where world class stars can become footballing icons, leading Spurs to Premier League and Champions League glory.
But Spurs are not this club. A new stadium and a run of 4-5 straight years in Champions League will not make them this club. There are three clubs like this on earth: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich. Manchester United had that status a year ago and could easily reclaim it again. Juventus could join that group if they resign Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal, then go on to win a Champions League title.
And ... that's the list. That's the complete list of clubs that could are or could potentially become ideal end destinations for the greatest players on earth. Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City have enough money that they can retain just about anyone, putting themselves in their own little category. That's it. Eight clubs. We're not joining those ranks without a homegrown Lionel Messi or a Carlos Slim buyout.
If Eriksen has dreams and a secret plan in his head about his future, that doesn't mean that he doesn't enjoy playing for Tottenham Hotspur and that he wouldn't be happy playing his heart out for the club as long as he was under contract here. It means that he has ambition, and that he's good enough that his ambitions are realistic. Truly world class players will always want to leave Tottenham Hotspur for one of those big three (or five) if they come calling. And that's okay.
I'd rather the team I support be the bridge club for budding stars than a club that wasn't ambitious enough to sign budding stars in the first place. And Eriksen's revelation doesn't mean he's going anywhere soon, or that he doesn't love where he is right now.
This isn't something to worry about. This is just the reality of being Tottenham Hotspur.