Jose Mourinho’s sensational move to Tottenham has got off to a brilliant start. A convincing display against West Ham and a stellar comeback from 2-0 down to a 4-2 win against Olympiakos has got Spurs fans excited. A first away win since January and qualification for the Champions League knockout stages. Early stages yes. But can the Special One convince the unsettled Christian Eriksen to renew his contract?
According to Sky Sports, Jan Vertonghen is keen to discuss a new contract. Though the Belgian defender was willing to do so under Mauricio Pochettino, Mourinho’s arrival will only convince him to stay in North London more. But both the 32 year old and 30 year old Toby Alderweireld are not likely to the focus of renewals for Levy and Jose. Instead, a decision has to be made soon on the future of their Danish midfielder.
“Our future is very important and I need to understand really what is in Christian’s mind or heart. We have to make the right decision for the club.”Mourinho on Eriksen’s future (BT Sport via talkSPORT)
I’m not disputing the two former Ajax defenders’ quality or importance to Spurs. However, Eriksen is definitely higher on their priorities, considering the calibre of clubs who will be in for him in January. Now, 2 questions that are on everyone’s lips. Will the midfielder be convinced to stay? Will the former Manchester United boss want him to stay?
Does Christian Eriksen want to stay?
Prior to Pochettino’s dismissal, his departure looked inevitable. 27 years old approaching his prime, the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid interested, staying with a team that has missed the boat to win silverware wouldn’t make sense. I would’ve put money on him leaving.
But the Mourinho aura cannot be underestimated. He’s a serial winner and is widely expected to bring trophies to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. If Eriksen buys into his vision, we could see the best of the Dane. He pulls the strings of this side and could become the Portguese’s new Wesley Sneijder. Creative, able to turn a game on its head, set piece specialist. This could be a perfect match. He wouldn’t be starting week in week out at Los Blancos or the Bianconeri. You only have to look at Isco’s situation to see what Eriksen is likely to be. A trophy winner, but fair to say, also a bench warmer.
However, given the wage structure at Tottenham, debts of the stadium and now doubled wages of the manager, can Levy afford his demands? Christian Eriksen has huge bargaining power for his salary considering the interest in him. Financial strain is the last thing Spurs want, especially if they’ve made spending pledges to Mourinho for January. Also, in Madrid or Turin, the chances of a trophy and a higher salary are FAR higher than in North London. So, it will take a lot of convincing to keep the former Ajax midfielder in Tottenham.
Does Mourinho want him to stay?
There’s another side to this story too. Even IF Christian Eriksen wants to stay, will Mourinho take to him? Casillas, Mata, the whole Chelsea squad Pogba, Shaw. The list of players Jose has fallen out with or not taken to goes on. Usually it either involves work rate, attitude, tracking back or off the pitch reasons.
The 94 time capped Dane generally is a hard worker and seems like a good professional. But you never know with the 3 time Premier League winner, he could easily want him out. Especially if he thinks he’s a disruption, or in his words a ‘virus’ in the dressing room.
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