The European transfer window may have only closed 12 days ago, but Mauricio Pochettino isn’t expecting the rumour mill to be quiet for too long, with doubts persisting over the futures of a number of his squad.
Spurs have been dogged by rumours of a potential departure of Christian Eriksen, who attracted the attentions of Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United over the summer, although no move materialised for the playmaker.
With the Denmark international having less than 12 months remaining on his current deal, he is of course free to talk to clubs outside of the Premier League from January onwards, and speaking ahead of this weekends clash with Southampton, Mauricio Pochettino is expecting the transfer rumours to kick start once again pretty quickly.
“I think we are all agreed that Tottenham always have more rumours than other clubs. In one month I think it will start again with the rumours, for sure, because the situation of the squad is going to help those rumours appear. I think we talk a lot,” he said in his pre-match press conference ahead of his sides home clash with Crystal Palace.
“Now it is a time to be positive. Victor Wanyama is in my plans. Christian is in my plans. Now they are going to have the same possibility as another player to play.
50/50 – Christian Eriksen has now scored 50 Premier League goals – the first Danish player to reach this landmark – whilst also becoming the first Spurs player to register both 50+ goals and assists for the club in the competition. Pastry. pic.twitter.com/6ydreoSA8F
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“Before I understood that they were in a difficult situation and of course always we try to help them, to help the club, to do their business. But I said to you, it’s not easy.
“When it’s one player (who wants to leave), OK, but when it’s a few players, who start to make it difficult to create a good dynamic, a positive dynamic, but now it’s to be positive.
“Now we need to start to win games. That is our objective. Be refocused and who is not refocused is going to be out.”
The Argentine insisted that while Eriksen’s future may be in doubt, he is showing ‘commitment’ to the club by putting in quality performances on the pitch.
“You cannot doubt about the player’s commitment. When you sign the contract, like Christian who signed for five or six years, you need to be committed from day one to the last day.
“Because there’s only one year left on the contract, he’s not going to show the commitment? I think he’s showing his commitment by playing football.
Christian Eriksen for Tottenham across all competitions:
👕 277 games
⚽ 66 goals
🎯 80 assists
Always looks dangerous. pic.twitter.com/NgAvTNaqYb
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“Difference is whether he wants to extend the contract or not. Different players have different goals.
“The problem with football, the business, managers, staff, players, no one is going to say ‘I want to leave the club.’ Then if no one wants me, then you say ‘no, no, I love the club.’
“You shoot yourself, you kill yourself. Come on, you’re like me, you know the business. That is why after what is said, there is a lot of history, the reality is the manager, players, coaching staff, they have one year and they are so happy here and another they need a different challenge.
“We are the first, the manager, the coaching staff, but always it’s about how you manage and how you use it to be in a good position.”