English Premiership

Pochettino concerned Eriksen's future remains unresolved

2019-08-24 12:40
Christian Eriksen and Mauricio Pochettino
Christian Eriksen and Mauricio Pochettino (Getty Images)

London - Mauricio Pochettino admits he is concerned that Christian Eriksen's future at Tottenham is still to be resolved ahead of the European transfer deadline.

Eriksen is out of contract at the end of the season and said at the start of the summer that he was looking for a fresh challenge away from the Premier League side.

The Denmark midfielder is holding out for a move to a top European club, having reportedly turned down the chance to join Manchester United.

But Eriksen would be available on a free transfer next year and with less than 10 days to go before the September 2 window shuts, there is no sign of him signing a new contract or being sold.

Pochettino knows a business decision may prevail over a football one if Tottenham finally get a good offer and that is potentially distracting for the player in the mean time.

"Of course it is not a good situation," Pochettino said ahead of Sunday's clash with Newcastle.

"It is not what I think the club or the player expected it to be. A difficult situation for both sides.

"Yesterday, I was talking with (chairman) Daniel (Levy) and he recognised (that) it's not a good place, (for) teams like us, clubs like us.

"But always I am open to help the club and to help the decision of Daniel. Of course my door is always open for him to come and to ask or to help in the decision.

"I know really well that decisions like this are not easy but I always try to be in the position to take the best benefit for the club.

"And of course for the player too, because it's two interests, we can not be on one side or the other. The most important thing is to try to take the best decision for both sides."

Pochettino started Eriksen on the bench for their season opener against Aston Villa, but he returned for the draw at champions Manchester City.

The Tottenham manager has been impressed with Eriksen's focus so far.

"I always tell the player to not be affected by the rumours," he added.

"In this situation, there is nothing to say, because still we have one more year on his contract.

"It's not the best situation for him, for everyone. It's not easy, because of rumours, things happen around you.

"But Christian has a personality and a character that, he's involved, and he's not affected by the rumours or situation surrounding him."


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Friday, 28 February 2020
Norwich City v Leicester City, Carrow Road 22:00
Saturday, 29 February 2020
Aston Villa v Sheffield United, Villa Park 02:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace, The American Express Community Stadium 14:30
West Ham United v Southampton, London Stadium 17:00
Newcastle United v Burnley, St. James' Park 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Watford v Liverpool, Vicarage Road 19:30
Sunday, 01 March 2020
Manchester City v Arsenal, Etihad Stadium 02:00
Everton v Manchester United, Goodison Park 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 16:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.