Christian Eriksen will see his contract with Tottenham Hotspur expire at the end of the 2019-2020 campaign, and there is a genuine possibly that the attacker might decide to leave his Premier League club in search of pastures new.
A 2013 arrival from Ajax, Eriksen has scored 58 times and registered 76 assists in 242 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions.
The 26-year-old has only scored twice this term, but has managed seven assists despite a stomach injury harming his season to date.
When in full flow, there are few better number 10s in European football, and a whole host of clubs will be closely monitoring developments at Tottenham.
Eriksen will be all too aware that he could earn substantially more money with a move away from Spurs, and might decide to leave in search of trophies.
Indeed, for all of the praise that has come Tottenham’s way in recent years, Eriksen’s only medal since arriving at the club is from finishing as runner-up in the 2014-15 League Cup.
If Tottenham do not manage to secure Eriksen’s future by the end of the season then the club will be in a very difficult spot with just 12 months left to run on his contract.
The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will all be keeping a close eye on what happens, while Manchester United would also like him.
Eriksen – valued at £72m by Transfermarket – has been an excellent servant to Tottenham, but might decide that he is at the stage of his career where he wants to be challenging for the big trophies.
Tottenham deserve praise for their consistency in recent years, but it is difficult to see where the next piece of silverware is coming from.
Midfielders who can score and assist in equal measure are not exactly easy to find, and Tottenham face the real possibility of losing arguably their most important player after Harry Kane.
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