Christian Eriksen’s recent admission that he may have to leave Tottenham Hotspur will have alarmed the club’s fanbase, but Daniel Levy is set to demand a £100m fee if the Dane is to depart North London, according to reports from The Times.
Eriksen, 27, has been an intrinsic part of Spurs’ transformation under Mauricio Pochettino, scoring 49 goals and registering 60 assists in 203 Premier League appearances.
The recent comments from the Danish playmaker, to publication Ekstrabladet, have a worrying feel to them from the perspective of Pochettino in Spurs, with the 27-year-old hinting of his potential departure despite his admiration for the club.
“I feel that I am a place in my career where I might want to try something new,” said Eriksen.
“I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened in Tottenham, I won’t be negative but I have also said that I would like to try something new.”
“I hope there will be a clarification during the summer,” he added. “That’s the plan. In football you do not know when a clarification comes. It can happen anytime. Everyone wants it best if it happens as soon as possible, but in football things take time.”
“It depends on Daniel Levy and another club has to come. Or I have to sit down at the table and negotiate a new contract. You can’t set a date yourself.”
On the topic of stepping up from Spurs, and if that is central to his desires to leave, Eriksen remained complimentary of the club he has spent six years at since arriving from Ajax in 2013.
“There are not many points that Tottenham cannot meet. If I have to go, then hopefully it will be a step up,” he said.
“[Real Madrid] is a step up. But it requires Real Madrid to call Tottenham and say they want me. And they have not done so yet, as far as I know.
“It is hard. It depends on the possibilities. If nothing pops up that is more exciting, why not stay in Tottenham?”.
Martin Schoots, Eriksen’s agent, has said Tottenham have been awarae of Eriksen’s desire to leave for a considerable period of time.
“This is not a surprise for Spurs. Obviously we have talked about it earlier with the club,” Schoots told Sky Sports News.
“Christian has been honest about his dreams. That’s only to be appreciated, especially from such an altruistic player. The statistics don’t lie.”