Townsend: Eriksen’s heart may not be at Spurs any more

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham FC at Wembley Stadium on August 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Former Chelsea midfielder Andy Townsend believes Tottenham should be worried over Christian Eriksen’s future, amid reported interest from European giants

The 26-year-old playmaker has impressed greatly at Spurs following his arrival from Ajax in 2013.

The likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid are understood to be keen admirers of Eriksen, who has just 18 months left on his current contract.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino announced on Thursday that he’s unconcerned over Eriksen and insisted the club are doing everything to resolve his future.

However, Townsend reckons Spurs should be worried – unless they are willing to part with Eriksen.

“Spurs will want to get this nailed down, but only if they are absolutely 100 per cent committed to do so,” Townsend told Sky Sports. “He is a smart footballer.

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“His goalscoring record over the past few seasons has been decent for a midfield player, he’s extremely creative and offers Spurs something different, he gives them that bit of guile and creativity.

“But I just wonder if his heart is potentially elsewhere. Eriksen has been at Spurs for a while and they’ve not quite got over the line.

“This deal is a key transfer deal for him; either he commits full-bloodied to Spurs now and trusts what Pochettino is doing and hopes they add whatever they need to get over the line, or he thinks ‘if I’m going to go to Barcelona, I’ve got to go now’.”

Pochettino, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Erik Lamela, Harry Winks and Dele Alli have signed new long-term deals over the past year.

Spurs will host Chelsea at Wembley for a Premier League match today with kick-off set for 18:30 (CET).

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