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Christian Eriksen warned he “won’t play in Real Madrid’s first-team”

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Christian Eriksen has been warned that swapping Tottenham for Real Madrid could see his first-team opportunities go up in smoke by Pascal Chimbonda.

Despite Zinedine Zidane’s strong desire to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United, Spanish press continue to link Eriksen with a move to Real this summer.

The Danish playmaker fueled the growing speculation by dropping a bombshell on his future last month, where he expressed a wish to “try something new”.

And Spurs are in a desperate need for a quick resolution on Eriksen’s future considering he will be out of contract next summer. Therefore, they could end up losing him for nothing unless he either signs a new deal or leaves before February 2020.

But Chimbonda, who played at Spurs across two separate spells, reckons Eriksen will be hard pushed to break into Real’s star-studded midfield.

“It’s in Tottenham and Eriksen’s best interest for him to leave the club this summer,” the French full-back told Sportingbet.

“Eriksen won’t play in Real Madrid’s first team, but it’s the price he will have to pay for trophies.

“Madrid have too many world class players in the form of Hazard, Modic and Kroos, who will all get ahead of him on the team sheet.

“Madrid is a massive club and there is no room for players to have an off day. If Eriksen has a dip in form, another player will be waiting to come in and take his place, which isn’t the case at Tottenham.

“It’s a massive step for him, but one he needs to take. He has shown he can single-handedly win games and I believe he would do the same at Madrid.”

Real have spent a staggering €303m in signing Eden Hazard, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, Luka Jovic and Rodyro Goes this summer.

Manchester United are also reportedly on Eriksen’s radar for a move in the current transfer window. Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso could allegedly replace him at Spurs should he leave.

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS – MARCH 12: Pascal Chimbonda of Tottenham Hotspur takes a penalty from Pascal Chimbonda of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Cup, round of 16, second leg match between PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham Hotspur at the Philips Stadium on March 12, 2008 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)