Erik-sen-sen-sen, he’s our Number 23! Tottenham Hotspur announced today that creative attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen has put pen to paper and signed a new contract extension that will keep him a Spurs player through the 2020 season.
NEW CONTRACT: We are delighted to announce that @ChrisEriksen8 has signed a new contract with the Club until 2020. pic.twitter.com/AvJ2NFEQF7— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 6, 2016
This signing represents the culmination of over a year’s worth of negotiations between the player, his representatives, and the club. It hasn’t always been easy. Earlier reports suggested that Eriksen’s agent was asking for wages of around £150k/week, a price the club was unlikely to agree to. Eriksen entered the final year of his existing contract next season, so it was critical that the player and club come to some sort of agreement soon, if he was to stay a Tottenham player. It reached the point last week where Mauricio Pochettino had personally intervened to help the two parties come to an understanding.
Tottenham’s announcement didn’t include contract details beyond the length of the new deal, but the Evening Standard reported that Eriksen would be receiving wages of around £75k/week, a significant rise from his current salary, and close to the top of Tottenham’s existing wage structure.
Eriksen has repeatedly said that he is happy at Tottenham, and reinforced that with a video released on Tottenham’s twitter account where he talks about Spurs’ potential and how he wants to be a part of that future.
"There is a great future at this place & I wouldn't have signed if I didn't see that."@ChrisEriksen8 on new deal! pic.twitter.com/lmTz2oaoqr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 6, 2016
£75k still feels like a bargain to me for a player of Eriksen’s ability, but there’s no question that he’s now much closer to making what he actually deserves in this current market. Despite what was reported as sometimes contentious negotiations, this is fantastic news for Tottenham Hotspur and its supporters! Now let’s lock down Harry Kane.