After six successful years at Tottenham Hotspur, Christian Eriksen’s time at Tottenham Hotspur is coming to a bleak end. With him expected to leave the club without a replacement until next summer at the latest, manager Jose Mourinho is only relying sporadically on the 27-year-old midfielder. It is likely that a farewell is already in the winter transfer phase.
When Jose Mourinho was asked about Christian Eriksen’s future shortly after taking over at Tottenham Hotspur in November, he was not talking about Christian Eriksen, but about Arjen Robben. In 2007, Mourinho and Robben had already won the Premier League together twice, Robben wanted a new challenge.
‘We sold him to Real Madrid because Chelsea didn’t want or need the money. But the player just didn’t want to be there anymore,” Mourinho said. Sure, Chelsea then, as now, had Roman Abramovich and he would rather have a good player more than 35 million euros as in this case.
But Mourinho thinks: “I don’t like to have players who don’t want to stay at my club. It’s not about economic things, it’s about motivation.” And with that to Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen: “I need a new challenge”
Eriksen joined Tottenham from Ajax Amsterdam in 2013 at the age of 21 and soon established himself as a key player. Under manager Mauricio Pochettino, he controlled his team’s game, but he did not steer it to titles. Year after year, Tottenham finished relatively far, but not at the top of a wide range of competitions.
Eriksen’s last title win is a Dutch championship in 2013 and he already thinks it shouldn’t stay that way. After losing the Champions League final against Liverpool in May, he has lost the belief that this can be achieved with Tottenham. “I feel like I’m at a career level where I need a new challenge,” he told The Danish Ekstra Bladet.
Eriksen probably speculated on a move to Real Madrid, but Real Madrid did not act. So Eriksen stayed at Tottenham, but no one was really happy with it. Not the club, not the player and neither did Pochettino, who had to leave in November.
Eriksen usually sits on the bench under Mourinho
His successor was Mourinho and the searched loudly The Athletic Immediately after taking over, he spoke to Eriksen – in which he learned that he would not renew his contract, which expires next summer.
But a Mourinho needs players who follow him unconditionally and have no other clubs or even coaches in mind. Astonishingly frank, Mourinho said: “My decision whether or not to let him play also depends on the future perspective. I can’t hide that.’ And: “There are moments when motivation influences performance.”
In Mourinho’s first nine appearances, Eriksen has only been in the starting eleven once – in the ultimately meaningless Champions League game at Bayern Munich. Mourinho is banking on players who are committed to him and the club for the long term. In the control centre, for example, Dele Alli, who is still under contract until 2024 and has flourished in recent weeks.
It wasn’t until the games became more and more and rotation was almost inevitable that Mourinho let Eriksen run again. In the 2-2 draw against Norwich City the other day, he even scored a direct free-kick goal.
Christian Eriksen in Plant-Profile
|Born||14 February 1992 in Middelfart (Denmark)|
|Stations||Odense BoldClub Youth, Ajax Youth, Ajax Amsterdam, Tottenham Hotspur|
|Premier League games/goals||223/51|
Eriksen appears to be on the verge of a move to Inter Milan
Nevertheless, there are many indications of Eriksen’s departure in this winter transfer phase. Last time, Tottenham could get money for him, probably between 20 and 30 million euros – and that’s what Tottenham like to take. Its president, Daniel Levy, is different from Mourinho’s former Chelsea boss Abramovich.
The most likely target is currently Inter Milan, who are looking to strengthen in the Serie A title duel with Juventus Turin. According to the Ekstra Bladet a transfer is almost certain, which Inter have already denied. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United are still considered as possible alternatives.
There is speculation about a swap with Nemanja Matic – a player Mourinho imagines. One who follows him unconditionally. Not only on the pitch, but even from club to club. The pair have worked together at Chelsea and Manchester United.