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Tottenham star rejects contract offer, but negotiations will continue

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Christian Eriksen has nixed Spurs’ latest contract offer, but there’s optimism that a deal can still be made.

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There have been rumors for a while now that Christian Eriksen and his agent have been in contract negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur for him to commit his future to Spurs. Those plans have hit a snag, according to Tom Collomosse in the Evening Standard, who writes that Eriksen has rejected Tottenham’s latest offer of a new contract and is holding out for higher wages, but that he is ready to continue negotiating with Spurs.

The Standard reports that Eriksen is only making £30,000/wk in wages on his current deal at Tottenham, which expires in two years. That’s ludicrously low for a player of Eriksen’s ability and accomplishments. We don’t know what the terms of the deal were that Eriksen rejected, but there’s no question that he wants to be paid what he thinks he’s worth.

I have absolutely no issue with Eriksen trying to get as much money in wages as he can out of Tottenham. That’s the game. While Spurs can’t afford the insane wages that the likes of the Manchester Clubs and Chelsea can offer, it doesn’t appear that there’s a whole lot of acrimony between Eriksen, who played 45 minutes today against Atletico Madrid, and Spurs. I get the sense from the article that Eriksen is perfectly happy in North London, wants to stay at Spurs, and that negotiations will continue.

In addition, it was revealed that Hugo Lloris is currently the club’s top wage earner at £80k/wk, with Erik Lamela earning £70k/wk, Mousa Dembele at £65k/wk, and Harry Kane at £50k/wk (though there are rumors Kane is also in negotiations to double his wages).