Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Christian Eriksen must tread carefully over a move to Real Madrid considering what’s happened to Gareth Bale.
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 and talks over a renewal have made little progress. Therefore, the London club may opt to cash in on Eriksen if he continues to not commit to fresh terms.
But Berbatov, who scored 46 goals in 102 games for Spurs, reckons Eriksen would be well advised to carefully think before agreeing to join Real.
The Bulgarian cited the example of old Spurs team-mate Bale, who he feels should be regarded as a “hero” at Los Blancos.
Instead, the 29-year-old has been subjected to regular criticism due to a lack of form and fitness even though he’s helped Real win 13 trophies over the past six years. Among those are four Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups and a La Liga title.
“Eriksen needs to ask himself if he would be happy there. Look at Gareth Bale. He left Spurs for Real Madrid and has won everything,” Berbatov told the Daily Star.
“But he still gets criticised, even though he scored so many unbelievable goals there, in the Champions League final even!
“He should be a Real Madrid hero. But still, people don’t love him so much. What the f*ck does he need to do?!
“Eriksen will ask himself this question. He will be thinking: ‘Will I be happy there?’ He’s going to be sitting at home thinking about it and his head will spin.
“You are a human being. What happens if you go to Real Madrid? You think: ‘Wow it’s a good move for me.’ But then you think: ‘Am I going to play enough?’
“What happens if you don’t play? At Spurs, the team revolves around him. At Real Madrid, there are a lot of big players. Would he fit in there? You start asking all these questions.
“Then you start to lose your focus. So as soon as he can find the answer and resolve it – and it doesn’t matter what the answer is – it will be better for everyone.”
Eriksen has managed nine goals and 17 assists in 47 appearances for Spurs this season.