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Lloris: Eriksen wanting to leave Spurs isn’t an issue with the team

Spurs’ club captain said the team understood Eriksen’s position and respected it.

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During the entire Christian Eriksen transfer saga, the one group of people we never really heard from were the Tottenham Hotspur players, who were strangely silent as one of their long-serving colleagues and friends was trying to force a move out of their club. But now that Eriksen has decided to stay in north London, Tottenham’s club captain is now opening up a little about.

Hugo Lloris, speaking for the rest of the Tottenham squad while on international duty with France, said that the rest of the team understood Eriksen’s desire to seek a new challenge away from Spurs, and respected him for it. Moreover, now that he’s staying, it’s no longer an issue.

“Obviously there were a lot of rumours during the transfer market. He talked about this subject and we respected it. But from now until the next transfer market he will be with us and like he showed against Arsenal he will be committed to his teammates and the club and there is no problem at all about that.”

That doesn’t give the whole game away, of course. “Respecting” a position doesn’t necessarily mean agreeing with it. But Hugo does make it sound as though none of his teammates are mad at him or are holding it against him, and that’s good.

Eriksen himself broke his silence yesterday, implying to a Danish paper on European deadline day that he’s bummed, but not ready to throw his toys out of the pram, so to speak.

“I wish I could decide [where to play] just like in Football Manager, but unfortunately I can’t.

“For me it’s not hard to clear my head. I don’t read much of what is written. And I have been [at Spurs] for many years, and there have been many rumors every year. But it’s clear that [the rumors] been a little more fierce this year because my contract is about to expire.

“I know a lot of people are interested in where to play. That’s the way it is.”

Eriksen’s future isn’t settled yet, of course — the rumors of his exit won’t go away until he either signs a contract extension with Spurs (unlikely at this point) or agrees a pre-contract with another club in January or later. But Spurs fans know they have at least a few more months left with him, and his teammates aren’t upset about him doing what he thinks is best for him.