This season, Tottenham Hotspur has extended a a lot of player contracts, including a few that are central to the current first team. Mousa Dembele, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Josh Onomah, and Nabil Bentaleb have all pledged their futures to the club, and there are rumors of more players willing to re-sign with Spurs in the future.
This is good! But one of the players who has not agreed to a contract extension up until now is Christian Eriksen. That might change shortly. Greg Stobart, writing for Squawka, writes today that Eriksen has "verbally agreed" to a new four year contract at Tottenham, but it's contingent on Mauricio Pochettino sticking around.
According to Stobart, the new deal would increase his wages from a ludicrously low £35k/week to a still low but more competitive £60k/week. Eriksen arrived at Spurs in 2013 via a transfer fee of just £11m and has quickly turned into one of Tottenham's key players. He still has two years remaining on his existing deal, but has been vocal in the past about wanting to play Champions League football.
We don't use Squawka much as a direct source very often, but Stobart is a legit journalist who has been well connected to Tottenham in the past. I don't really have much of a reason to doubt his connections, or his reporting in this case.
The Pochettino thing is interesting, though, because it sounds like Eriksen wants assurances that Poche will be around for the foreseeable future before he signs. This not only highlights how much this current squad loves playing for Pochettino; it's also a sign that he believes in what Pochettino is doing at Spurs and that he wants to be a part of future success. That speaks volumes.
Poche doesn't have an agent and depending on who you talk to is either stepping back from talking about contracts with three years left on his current deal, or is currently in negotiations with Daniel Levy for a new contract after taking Spurs to the cusp of a Premier League title this season. Still, a lot of Spurs fans have gotten jumpy after Poche gave quotes to a French radio station recently where he said he'd be open to returning to Paris some day to manage PSG, a club he played for in 2001-2003.
"I've always said that I would be pleased to join a great club like PSG. Come to Paris? I hope so. It is true that it would please me. It's part of my dreams. I try to watch all their matches, especially in the Champions League.
"The [French] championship is not very attractive because PSG is far from the other teams but I look a lot because it is a major source of players. There is talent so I have to follow Ligue 1."
Stobart says that a new deal for Poche is in the works could be signed this summer. If true, and if Spurs do finally lock down Champions League football, I suspect that it's not just Eriksen who will be signing on the dotted line in the off-season.