Monday 16 December 2019

Mourinho makes plans for Eriksen's January exit

Eriksen has been brought off the bench in two games, then was an unused substitute against Bournemouth at the weekend. Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images
Eriksen has been brought off the bench in two games, then was an unused substitute against Bournemouth at the weekend. Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

Mike McGrath

Jose Mourinho is planning for life without Christian Eriksen after the Tottenham midfielder made it clear he will not sign a new contract at the club.

The Spurs manager's arrival has brought three straight victories and also optimism over agreeing new deals for contract rebels Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

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But Eriksen (27) is set to reject any attempts to get him to remain in North London beyond the current season when his current deal expires.

Juventus and Inter Milan are looking at deals to take him to Italy and the Denmark international could depart in January for the right offer.

He will also be allowed to talk to clubs in the New Year over a pre-contract to sign for a free transfer next summer.

Real Madrid have previously shown interest in Eriksen becoming the long-term successor to Luka Modric but a move never materialised. This season has also seen the emergence of Federico Valverde in a similar role.

Mourinho made it clear when he arrived that Eriksen's future needs to be resolved for him to be a regular starter this season.

So far under the Spurs boss, Eriksen has been brought off the bench in two games, then was an unused substitute against Bournemouth at the weekend.

Departing in January could strengthen Mourinho's position in the transfer market as he will look to sell before buying.

In his first window as Spurs boss he is eyeing a back-up forward to Harry Kane, as Fernando Llorente has not been replaced from last season. He would also like to a defender to bolster his backline for the second half of the campaign.

Getting the right deals for players to leave the club may not be straightforward, with Danny Rose recently insisting he wanted to run his contract down until the end of next season.

Eriksen would be willing to go mid-season but clubs also know they can land the player - worth more than £50 million when under contract - for free within six months. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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