Yesterday, the Daily Mirror reported that Christian Eriksen and his agent were demanding £150,000 a week in wages before the star playmaker would agree to sign a new contract that would keep him at Tottenham. Today, his agent came out with direct quotes saying his client isn’t purely motivated by money.
The agent, Martin Schoots, is still in negotiations with Tottenham regarding a new contract for Erikesen, who’s current deal expires in 2018, but told the Evening Standard that his client is happy at Tottenham, and is not interested in switching clubs.
"The only thing that I can say is that if money were the most important thing, Christian would not have gone to Ajax at the first place.
"At the time, he was 16 we were in contact with clubs like Barcelona, Chelsea and AC Milan.
"And if money were the most important thing, he wouldn't have joined Tottenham three years ago. He had interest from some of the richest clubs in the world.
"But Tottenham were the only club he wanted to join, and he is happy.
"In the eight-and-a-half years that I have worked with Chris, we never made any comments on contract negotiations and we will not make any exception on this, not even confronted by some funny internet rumours."
Let’s be frank: there are serious issues with Tottenham’s wage structure as it exists right now. Spurs have never been a club that can afford to pay its players ridiculously high wages, and it’s unlikely they’ll be able to drop more than £100k/wk for more than 1-2 players until the new stadium is built and their revenue stream increases. That’s the current reality.
That said, Eriksen is currently on wages that are something around £32k/wk, which is incredibly low for a player of his pedigree and ability. I have no doubts that Schoots is working very hard to get his client the best possible deal that he can. I also have no doubt that Eriksen deserves, and will probably get, a substantial bump if he decides to re-up with Spurs.
If Andros Townsend can get £80k/week at Crystal Palace, Eriksen is worth at least that. And he’ll probably get it too, but we won’t know until he signs.
However, it should be pointed out that nowhere in Schoots’ comments did he expressly deny the £150k/wk number. Only that his client is happy and that money isn’t the primary motivating factor. Enjoy that little tidbit if you’re a conspiracy theorist, though Schoots is obviously trying to play down the earlier report.
And I’m actually okay with that. Because based on everything coming out of Eriksen’s mouth lately, this now just sounds like over-sensationalized negotiations that will be worked out in the fullness of time. And that’s just fine with me.