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Pochettino “not worried” about Eriksen contract

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“I prefer that he signs the new contract and spends a long time with Tottenham.”

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There hasn’t been a whole lot to talk about apart from Nations League and Saturday’s return to Premier League action lately, but reporters were able to ask Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino about Christian Eriksen today in his weekly press conference.

Specifically, Pochettino was asked about Christian Eriksen’s contract situation. Eriksen is one of two high profile Tottenham players — the other being Toby Alderweireld — who have yet to commit their future to the club in the past year or so. Eriksen’s contract expires in 2020, which makes now the ideal time to lock him down to a new, improved deal. But he hasn’t done so yet, despite multiple rounds of negotiations.

Pochettino was unusually candid about Eriksen’s contract, but didn’t seem particularly worried.

“Look, he knows, we know what we’re doing and of course we’re working hard. The club’s working to try to take the best decisions. Christian is going to take I think the decision that is best for him. We’re not worried. In football I’m never worried. But I prefer that he’s going to sign the new contract and spend a long time with Tottenham. It will be fantastic.

“[Christian] is a very good player and when he was signed he was a prospect, a very good player at Ajax but still young and Tottenham provided a very good platform to develop his quality. Eriksen and Tottenham, and Tottenham and Eriksen was a very good mix. Good for Tottenham, good for Christian Eriksen. That’s why I hope Christian continues to develop his career his with Tottenham.”

Fair enough. Eriksen has already said he’s happy at Spurs and is fine letting his agent hash out the contract details, so it seems as though he’s not agitating for a move. That said, it seems that bigger clubs are finally starting to notice what an asset he is for Spurs, and if another club like Real Madrid get involved things could potentially get hairy.

But let’s not worry about that yet.