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Agent: “Eriksen only wants to focus himself on football”

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Christian Eriksen’s agent insists his client’s main priority right now is to focus on matters on the pitch amid reported interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Since arriving from Ajax in a reported €12.45m deal in 2013, Eriksen has built himself a reputation of one of the Premier League’s most creative playmakers around at Tottenham.

With his contract to expire in June 2020, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to tie down the highly-rated Dane to a new long-term contract in north London.

But talks between Eriksen’s representatives and Spurs have made very little progress over the past few months with reports in Spain claiming that both Real Madrid and Barcelona are keeping tabs on the 27-year-old’s situation.

Speaking on his client’s future, however, Martin Schoots suggested that discussions over Eriksen’s future will likely be put on hold until the end of the season and he refused to comment on the rumours.

“Christian only wants to focus himself on football,” Agent Schoots told ESPN.

“Besides his technical, tactical and athletic skills, also this attitude has contributed over the years to his impressive transformation from world-class talent to a world-class player.

“At this moment I would prefer not to join the speculations about contracts and transfers.”

Despite the growing doubt surrounding his future, the Denmark international has ensured his performances for Spurs remain unaffected as they continue to attempt at closing their five-point deficit to Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool in the title race.

Aside from a strong league campaign, Pochettino’s side look set to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League after thrashing Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley last week for the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Eriksen, who has managed seven goals and 12 assists in 33 appearances across all competitions for Spurs this season, will likely start again in this Saturday’s trip to Burnley.

CARDIFF, WALES – JANUARY 01: Christian Eriksen of Spurs in action during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspur at Cardiff City Stadium on January 1, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)