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Vertonghen ‘hopeful’ that Eriksen will stay at Spurs

Jan Vertonghen is ‘hopeful’ that in-demand midfielder Christian Eriksen will stay at Tottenham this summer.

The Danish international has just a year remaining on his Spurs contract, having so far stalled on signing an extension to his current deal. and has been linked with a move away.

Eriksen has been linked with some of Europe’s leading clubs as he prepares to make a decision on his future, recently admitting he ‘wants to try something new’ amid interest from Real Madrid.

However, there are reports that Real Madrid will prioritise the signing of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, as Zinedine Zidane continues his summer overhaul of his squad at the Bernabeu.

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Manchester United have also been linked with Eriksen as a possible replacement for Pogba, whilst Inter Milan are also believed to be monitoring the 27-year-old’s situation.

Having also played with him during their time at Ajax, Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen admits he is ‘hopeful’ that Eriksen will remain with Mauricio Pochettino’s side, describing the playmaker as an ‘exceptional player’.

“Obviously when the transfer window starts there are a lot of rumours, but there were rumours last year and everyone stayed together, so I’m hopeful,” Vertonghen told Sky Sports News.

“Christian is a great player. I have known him since he was 16, played with him since he was 16 or 17 [at Ajax] and I hope he’s with Tottenham next season. He’s an exceptional player.”

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