To class Christian Eriksen as anything less than an integral member of the Tottenham squad would be a drastic understatement.
The Denmark international was once again the star turn in Mauricio Pochettino’s side last season, chipping in with six goals and 13 assists in Premier League action.
Given the undoubted influence Eriksen wields at White Hart Lane, it is no surprise the club wants to tie him down on a long-term contract.
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However, according to The Sun, Spurs’ efforts to convince the 24-year-old his future lies in north London have taken a hammer blow after he turned down their latest offer.
Eriksen has rejected the opportunity to extend his current agreement based on his belief that he is worthy of receiving similar financial reward to that of the highest-earning players at the club, as per The Evening Standard.
Hugo Lloris takes home roughly £80,000-per-week while and Argentine midfielder Erik Lamela is the second-best paid Tottenham man on £75,000-per-week.
Eriksen – who joined the north London outfit for £11 million in 2013 – is earning a weekly wage in the region of £30,000 and has two years left to run on his current deal.
The Dane has firmly established himself as a crucial figure in Pochettino’s plans as he prepares to mount a successful bid for the Premier League title next season.
Spurs fell short of an unexpected league triumph behind Leicester City and Arsenal in 2015-16 having impressed all of England with their sublime and dominating brand of football.
Eriksen – a renowned dead-ball specialist – was so often the architect behind the attacking genius produced by one of the most attractive teams in the Premier League last term.
Eriksen failed to produce either a goal or an assist within five games in all competitions just once throughout the entire season, underlying his immense contribution to the Tottenham cause.
With Champions League football and a wide-open Premier League title on offer next season, it is almost incomprehensible to imagine Spurs would refuse to meet Eriksen’s demands and allow him to move on.
However, Pochettino would be wise to act fast on the matter or risk domestic and continental rivals catching wind of the situation.
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