Daniel Levy admits Tottenham would sell Christian Eriksen to a Premier League rival as uncertainty continues to surround the future of the wantaway star.
The Danish international has entered the final months of his contract at the club and has shown no indication of a willingness to extend his deal, Eriksen apparently having informed the club of his desire to leave in search of a new challenge.
Spurs are now facing the prospect of selling the midfielder in the upcoming January transfer window as they bid to avoid losing the player on a free transfer next summer, the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan having previously been linked with a move for the 27-year-old.
Manchester United have also been reported to have expressed an interest in signing the former Ajax star, Eriksen having developed a reputation as one of the finest creative midfielders in English football since his arrival in the Premier League six years ago.
Levy has now refused to rule out the possibility of Eriksen leaving for a divisional rival, admitting the club are powerless to keep a player unwilling to sign a new contract.
“We are honestly not scared to trade with our rivals,” Levy told Standard Sport.
Eriksen is one of a number of the Spurs’ squad who are entering the final six months of their contracts, including Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, and Levy refused to discuss individual circumstances.
“My view is really simple. For a player to sign a new contract, not only have the conditions got to be right but the player has got to want to do it.
“It is up to those players whether they want to stay at Tottenham and we’ll see.
“I don’t want to comment on individual players too much. I actually think it is unfair.
“Every circumstance is different. There may be a player who wants to stay, there may be a player we don’t want to stay.”