Christian Eriksen will have clubs across Europe on high alert after reportedly turning down the offer of a new contract from his current club Tottenham Hotspur.
The 24-year-old sees the sticking point being that he wants a significant increase on the £30k-a-week that he currently earns.
And you would have to argue that he does have a point. Tottenham are well known for their wage structure and Eriksen would like to be edged nearer the top bracket of earners, such as Hugo Lloris, Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele.
But with Champions League football on the horizon it’s going to be hard to keep that structure in place as players will now look to be more handsomely rewarded for their efforts of last season when they secured a 3rd place finish.
Also the fact that Harry Kane is only on £50k-a-week after all his goalscoring efforts over the past two seasons will certainly mean that they will have to think about offering a new contract to the England international soon. That said, Kane hasn’t been actively pushing a wage increase but you would imagine a new contract won’t be too far away
Eriksen, who has spent four seasons now with the North London side has long been admired by Juventus and this bit of a news will certainly get their interest. But that’s not to say that this is the final contract offer that Tottenham will send Eriksen’s way, especially as the Danish international still has two years left to run on his current deal.
An ever present in the last two league campaigns at 24-years-old, Eriksen is already becoming somewhat of an elder statesman in this young Tottenham side and at his age then the Dane’s best years are certainly still to come. How many of those years are spent at White Hart Lane, though, remain to be seen.
The midfielder chipped in with just six goals last season and if there was to be any criticism of his game it’s perhaps that he should be scoring more. The target this season must be getting into double figures and matching the efforts of the 2014//15 season, when he registered 10 league goals.
It seems the two parties are somewhat apart on what they feel Eriksen should be earning but there is still plenty of time left to negotiate a deal that suits all parties and more importantly, Eriksen sees his future at White Hart Lane so I don’t think there is a need for Tottenham fans to panic just yet.
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