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Pochettino refuses to offer assurances on Eriksen’s ‘difficult’ Spurs future

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to give any assurances over the future of Christian Eriksen at the club.

Eriksen was named amongst the substitutes during Spurs‘ disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle on Sunday, with the Danish international’s contract situation yet to be resolved.

The 27-year-old has entered the final year of his deal at the club and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid before the closure of the European transfer window.

While the Premier League transfer window closed on August 8th, clubs in Europe can still purchase players from England up until September 2nd, with Pochettino admitting he doesn’t know if the midfielder has played his last game for the club.

“I don’t know that,” Pochettino said at his post-match press conference. “Why do you ask me? Do you know something?

“The situation is so difficult but we cannot blame this [for the performance]. It is not a justification for the performance. When you play football and you are on the pitch, you don’t think about this situation.

“The problem is during the week, not when the competition arrives. This type of situation happens in the Premier League. That is why you need to create a very good dynamic and strong team bonding and, at the moment, that situation in our group is still far, far away. The group is still unsettled and we need to find solutions.

“We didn’t play well and I’m very disappointed about our performance. We conceded a very cheap goal and then it was difficult. We created some chances but not enough. We should have played better, [with] more desire, more capacity, more aggression with the ball. To have 80% of possession is too much when you only have a few shot on target.”

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