Mauricio Pochettino admits that Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, would be confronted with a difficult decision if the club were to receive a substantial bid for Christian Eriksen during the final days of the transfer window in Europe.
Pochettino, the Spurs manager, acknowledges the continuing uncertainty surrounding Eriksen’s future is unsettling for both player and club. The Denmark midfielder is in the final year of his contract and has indicated he wants to pursue his career elsewhere.
Yet while the Premier League transfer deadline passed without the 27-year-old moving on, the market elsewhere remains open until September 2 and Pochettino knows the player could yet attract interest, with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus all monitoring Eriksen’s situation.
Pochettino, whose side face Newcastle United at home on Sunday, would like the Dane remain part of his squad, but were the club to receive a significant offer for a player who could leave for free next summer, other pressures might come into play.
“Always I am open to help the club and to help the decision of Daniel [Levy],” the manager said. “Of course my door is always open for him to come and to ask or to help in the decision. I know really well that decisions like this are not easy but I always try to be in the position to take the best benefit for the club. And of course for the player, too, because it’s two interests. We cannot be on one side or the other. The most important thing is to try to take the best decision for both sides.”
Pochettino, who added central midfielders Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso to his squad this summer, believes the different transfer deadlines has left Premier League clubs vulnerable to losing players to European rivals.
The manager indicated neither Spurs nor Eriksen expected to find themselves in this position and, asked whether he was concerned at how the next few days might play out, he said: “Yes, of course it is not a good situation; a difficult situation for both sides.”
Eriksen has rejected the offer of a new contract but Pochettino insists the player remains focused. “I always tell the player to not be affected by the rumours,” he said. “In this situation, there is nothing to say, because still we have one more year on his contract. It’s not the best situation for him, for everyone.
“It’s not easy. Because of rumours, things happen around you. But Christian has a personality and a character that … he’s involved, and he’s not affected by the rumours or situation surrounding him. He’s natural. You cannot put a finger on the problem. You need to try to help. I understand the club, I understand the player. You try to minimalise the problem, try to treat the situation. This is an important player who needs to help the team with his performances to get positive results.”