Mauricio Pochettino admits Christian Eriksen’s future at Tottenham remains uncertain.
The Danish international has entered the final year of his contract at the club and has indicated he would like a fresh challenge, with Real Madrid and Juventus reported to be monitoring developments.
The 27-year-old came off the bench to help Spurs come from behind to beat Aston Villa in their Premier League opener last weekend, but ahead of his side’s trip to Manchester City, Pochettino admits he is unsure over the playmaker’s future.
“I don’t know (if he will be at the club after the window),” Pochettino said at his pre-match press conference.
“My point is to help all of the players, my job is to support them all until they maybe decide to take a different way in their career.”
Christian Eriksen against Aston Villa:
– 3 shots
– 3 chances created for teammates
– Only 3 other #PL players involved in that many efforts over the weekend
He was only on the pitch for 26 minutes. Spurs had more shots in that time than any other team in total
Crucial player. pic.twitter.com/eqZGzVR2h9
— TranSPURS (@TranSPURS) August 12, 2019
Following Eriksen’s impressive cameo from the bench last weekend, Pochettino says the midfielder is in contention to start at the Etihad.
“We will see [if he starts v Man City]. There are only 11 players who can start. I am happy with the last week with how he is doing, his performance in training (has been good),” said the Tottenham boss.
“We still have one training session and I will decide the starting XI. ”
Despite the uncertainty surrounding Eriksen’s future, Pochettino insists the former Ajax star’s contract situation will not affect his decision.
“For me it is the same between a player who has one year on his contract and one who has five years, the section is not for the length of the contract it is for the performance.
“After five years you all (media) should know to avoid this question, because you know I will take the decision based only on performance, and not personal situation with the club.
“My point is to help all the players, to support all the players until they decide with the club to go a different way with their career, and to show respect to all. Sometimes it is difficult to understand outside of football or this club that respect means respect.”