Cape Town - Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is almost certain that
midfielder Christian Eriksen won't depart the north London outfit.
The transfer window for Premier League clubs closed earlier
this month but the European deadline is on Monday, meaning there is still a
chance Eriksen could leave without Spurs being able to bring in a replacement.
Denmark international Eriksen is due to fall out of contract
next summer and so far, Spurs have been unable to convince him to sign a new
Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Juventus have been linked
with Eriksen at various stages throughout the summer, but Spanish giants Real
Madrid are rated as the most likely club to come forward with a late offer for
Clubs in La Liga have until 23:00 on Monday to bring in
reinforcements and Pochettino faces an anxious wait to discover if he will
still have Eriksen at his disposal, until January at least, but the Spurs boss
remains confident the midfielder won't move on.
Eriksen started and scored the opener in Tottenham's 2-2
north London derby draw at Arsenal on Sunday and Pochettino feels a move away
is now unlikely for the former Ajax man.
"Eriksen had a big performance," the Argentine
manager told the BBC. "His mind was clear that he wanted to play. It's
nearly impossible for something to happen [with a transfer tomorrow], that's
why it was clear."
"I think it was a great game for both sides. I think we
did very well, and we were very solid and created a lot of chances. In the
first half, it was a great 45 minutes and I was a little bit ashamed to concede
"We have massive quality and from tomorrow [when the
transfer window shuts] we will all be on the same page. With Christian Eriksen,
we have to wait but it shows it was the right decision to play him. He showed a
great performance and helped the team to get a point here."
If Eriksen does remain in north London, Spurs will be
desperate to tie him down to a new deal in the months ahead before the January
transfer window opens.
If his contract situation isn't resolved by the time the
winter window opens it will leave the club with a tough decision - keep hold of
Eriksen and risk losing him as a free agent next summer or sell to a potential
Champions League or Premier League rival in the middle of the season.