Christian Eriksen is stepping away from the microphone. Days after he stoked the fires of transfer rumors with his comments to Ekstra Bladet about wanting a “new challenge” after seven years at Tottenham Hotspur, he has backed away from clarifying or offering any new comments about his desires or future plans.
Speaking again to Ekstra Bladet after Denmark’s EURO qualifiers, Eriksen said that he’s going to stop talking and has no desire to rock the boat any further.
“The focus is on vacation, and I have said what needs to be said about that. No more bombs this time around. We are waiting a bit with that.”
So there’s obviously a recognition from Eriksen that his comments to the Danish media about possibly wanting a “new challenge” has blown things up, possibly in his face a bit. There were unconfirmed reports that Spurs were not aware that he was going to make those comments ahead of time, and now there are poorly-sourced Spanish newspapers writing that Real Madrid may have backed off of their pursuit of Eriksen in favor of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
I wrote previously that Eriksen’s comments didn’t necessarily mean that he was leaving Spurs — Eriksen himself explicitly said that too! — but the backlash to his comments has been somewhat dramatic, especially on social media. So it does make sense that Christian would decide to stay quieter from now on to see how things shake out. It does seem apparent that he’s not trying to burn bridges at Tottenham or force an exit, though he seems willing to look outside of North London for his footballing future.
Either way, he’s “said what needs to be said” already. There’s not much more he can say that would affect Madrid’s decision one way or the other. Best to stay out of the spotlight and see how things turn out. We’ll know soon enough.