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As quoted by Sky Sports, Harry Kane has urged Tottenham teammate Christian Eriksen to “give everything for the team” amid speculation linking the midfielder with a move away.
Eriksen’s existing contract with the north London side expires next summer, and there had been reports in recent weeks about Manchester United potentially signing him. However, it was claimed the Denmark international has no interest in joining the Red Devils and is holding out for a move to Real Madrid instead.
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Now, Kane has revealed that whilst the side are happy to have Eriksen, things are out of his “control” over whether the playmaker stays or not.
He said: “Obviously I’ve been playing with Chris now for five or six years and we all know the qualities he has: the assists, the passes, the goals. Whether he starts or is on the bench, the most important thing from all of our points of view is that he gives everything for the team.
“Obviously there’s been speculation about his future but as long as he’s training hard and playing as hard as he can when he’s here, that’s all we can ask for. What will be will be but we’re happy to have him. That’s out of my hands. From our point of view as players, we do it on the pitch. We commit to the club and do as much as we can and whatever happens outside of our control, happens.”
Make no mistake about it, Eriksen has been one of the Premier League’s leading midfielders since his move from Ajax. The Denmark international has broken double figures in assists in numerous campaigns, and would strike a massive blow to Spurs by leaving.
But after publicly suggesting he would be open to leaving the north London side for a new challenge, this season may well be Eriksen’s swansong. As Kane alludes to, it will be up to the 27-year-old to remain focused at the task at hand and potentially fire Spurs to a trophy before he makes his long-anticipated departure.