Vertonghen announes he wants £65m rated Man United target Eriksen at Spurs this summer
Jan Vertonghen is ‘hopeful’ that Christian Eriksen will stay at Tottenham next season.
Eriksen has become one of the most creative players at Spurs over the last few seasons and is one of the main reasons why star man Harry Kane chips in with so many goals for the club over the course of the season.
But the Danish playmaker shocked many fans at the club by admitting that now may be the best time to leave the club and seek a fresh challenge in the game, with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United reportedly interested in a transfer deal.
Given Eriksen’s contractual situation in north London, who is out of contract next season, Real’s president Florentino Perez identified him as a possible signing as part of the club’s summer rebuild, while United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been a massive fan of the Danish ace for some time now.
Eriksen recently said: “I feel like I’m at a point in my career where I might want to try something new.
“Madrid would be a step forward, but it is required that Real Madrid call Tottenham and say they want Christian. And they have not done it yet, as far as I know.”
But Vertonghen has opened up and admitted that he hopes that the creative star ends speculation, signs a new contract, and stays with the club.
“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.”
Eriksen and his team are very smart and they know that Spurs would not want to lose such an important player, especially as he has become such a huge part of the Spurs set-up.
However, there are a large section of the fans which would be happy to see Eriksen leave and a top-class replacement come in as the Danish ace only impacts games when they are not that important or when Spurs are two or three goals up.
Eriksen announcing he could leave may have been a ploy to get a nice big contract, which could backfire if the right offer arrives in the coming months.