Tottenham full-back Danny Rose admitted it’s “vital” that team-mate Christian Eriksen commits his future to the club.
The Danish playmaker will be out of contract in the summer of 2020 and has allegedly aroused interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Los Blancos are set to embark on a major summer spending spree in a bid to overhaul an ageing squad. And Eriksen has been regularly touted as a potential replacement for 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric.
Furthermore, the 27-year-old gave everyone a timely reminder of his importance to Spurs by grabbing the winner against Burnley on Tuesday.
“It’s obviously vital [that Eriksen stays],” said Rose, according to Sky Sports.
“If you look over the five years that the manager’s been here, Christian has played the most games and that says a lot.
“When Christian doesn’t play, there are questions that we don’t look the same. He links everything up for us.
“The lads in the changing room trust the people upstairs to hopefully get him to sign.
“We have every possible foundation at the club – the training ground, the stadium now, the fan-base, the players. But it’s not just the foundations that attract players and make players want to stay.
“It’s out of the players’ control. We just have to trust that the people upstairs are going to do whatever they see fit to help us make that next step.
“We know that our manager is a winner. He demands the best from us and he wants to win something as well.
“So while everybody is on the same page, we can just look forward to next season and see what it brings.”
Eriksen has managed six goals and 12 assists in 31 Premier League appearances this season. Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be hoping the Dane can carry on his strong form heading into the final part of their campaign.
Aside from chasing another Premier League top-four finish, Spurs have a Champions League semi-final clash with Ajax coming up.
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