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Pochettino: Eriksen’s future to be decided before the NLD

If he plays, he stays.

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The European transfer deadline is on Monday, but Christian Eriksen’s Tottenham Hotspur future will be decided before then. That’s according to Mauricio Pochettino, who said that the Danish playmaker will either move to a different club before Sunday’s North London Derby, or not at all.

“The good thing is that if tomorrow (Sunday) nothing happens, it’s because it’s not going to happen on Monday. On Sunday, it’s the game [against Arsenal], and after there’s no real time to do something. Tomorrow we are going to know if Christian is going to be with us or not. That’s the most important thing.”

At the time of this article posting, it’s late Saturday evening in the United Kingdom, and while there’s still a chance that a deal could be completed late, it sure doesn’t look likely as we’ve heard nothing regarding any imminent bids. That’s also assuming we take Pochettino at his word above.

More telling might be what the match day 18 squad looks like in tomorrow’s North London Derby. If Eriksen is named as a starter or on the bench against Arsenal at the Emirates, then it looks like he won’t be going anywhere, at least this season. If he’s out of the squad entirely, then it could mean the exact opposite and he’s working on an exit.

Even if he does stay at Spurs, it doesn’t mean that he’s going to sign a new contract. That doesn’t seem especially likely, considering his agent Martin Schoots is apparently not speaking to Daniel Levy. So even if Eriksen stays at Spurs, this very well could be his last season in lilywhite, unless he decides to bury the hatchet.

Either way, we’re probably going to know something by the time Spurs kick off tomorrow against the Gooners. Whatever happens, I hope it settles the squad.