Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.
With his contract expiring next summer, Eriksen’s future was in huge doubt during the recent transfer window. Spurs had a decision to make in either making a summer sale or risk losing him for nothing next year.
Fueling the speculation was Eriksen’s transfer bombshell in June, where he talked the prospect of seeking a new challenge away from Spurs after collecting a runners-up medal in the Champions League final.
Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United all had reportedly expressed an interest.
However, the 27-year-old playmaker remains a Spurs player after a summer exit didn’t materialise. Although there will likely be another saga coming in January, when Eriksen can discuss a free summer transfer to non-English clubs.
Despite this looming prospect, though, Pochettino restored the Dane to the line-up during Spurs’ 2-2 north London derby draw at Arsenal last time out.
“He’s happy, he’s always been happy,” the Spurs boss told reporters during a press conference on Thursday.
“Of course, everyone has aims and challenges and goals. I said before the Arsenal game he was in the right frame of mind, that’s why I selected him.
“He’s an important player for us, a player we appreciate a lot. His qualities are there and are important for the team. He’s happy.
“Whether he plays is not because there is one year or less than one year on his contract. Always the decision is based on performance. We felt he was in the right place to compete.”
Eriksen, who scored two goals over the international break for Denmark, will likely start in Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace at home.