Mauricio Pochettino explained that he left Christian Eriksen out of the line-up for Tottenham’s Premier League opener due to fitness reasons only.

The Eriksen transfer saga at Spurs has been dragged out all summer, with no suitable offers seemingly arriving for the Dane.

Naturally, Spurs are desperate 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.

Although it appears the Londoners will have to sell after the playmaker expressed a wish to “try something new” in June.

Reports have strongly linked Eriksen with a big-money move to Real Madrid this summer. While city rivals Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also allegedly keeping tabs on the player.

Fueling the rumours was Pochettino’s decision to bench him in favour of Erik Lamela for Spurs’ Premier League opener against Aston Villa.

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But the Argentine coach insists the decision to drop the Dane had nothing to do with his future.

“I don’t care about (the transfer speculation),” said Pochettino, according to Daily Mirror.

“After his duty with the national team he has had surgery and he’s okay but we prefer he start from the bench.”

Although Pochettino may be regretting his decision to drop Eriksen considering that Spurs are currently a goal down. John McGinn scored a ninth-minute goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to get Villa off to a dream start in their return to the Premier League.

On the bright side, though, the match hasn’t even reached half-time yet. So, Spurs can still recover from this early setback and, ideally, claim all three points.

Incidentally, it’s also the first time the London club have started a league season off at home since 2010.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: John McGinn of Aston Villa celebrates his goal.

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