Real Madrid target Christian Eriksen dropped a worrying hint on his Tottenham future by confessing he would “like to try something new”.
In light of an impressive six-year spell at Spurs, Eriksen has been linked with a big-money move to Real in the summer transfer window.
The in-demand Danish playmaker will be out of contract at Spurs next year, with talks over a renewal making little progress. Therefore, the Champions League runners-up may opt to cash in before it’s too late.
Mauricio Pochettino has, though, repeatedly stated his desire to tie down Eriksen to a new long-term contract. The Spurs manager views him as a key part of his plans for the future in north London.
While confirming he’s unaware of any official approach from Real Madrid, however, Eriksen did drop a rather worrying bombshell on his future in England.
“I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened in Tottenham, nor will it be negative. But I have also said that I would like to try something new,” Eriksen told Ekstrabladet.
“I hope there will be clarification during the summer. That’s the plan. In football, you do not know when a clarification comes. It can happen anytime. Everyone wants it best if it happens as soon as possible, but in football things take time.”
Eriksen added: “It depends on (Spurs’ chairman) Daniel Levy and another club has to come. Or I have to sit down at the table and negotiate a new contract. You can’t set a date yourself.
“There are not many points that Tottenham cannot meet. If I have to go, then hopefully it will be a step up.
“It’s a step up. But it requires Real Madrid to call Tottenham and say they want Christian. And they have not done so yet, as far as I know.
“It is hard. It depends on the possibilities. If nothing pops up that is more exciting, why not stay in Tottenham? If I then sign a new contract, depends on the conditions.”
Eriksen managed 10 goals and 17 assists in 51 appearances for Spurs last season to help them to a fourth-place Premier League finish and a Champions League final appearance.