Another month has passed and there’s still no sign of Christian Eriksen signing a new contract at Spurs. All they can do now is win games and hope that convinces him, and this Champions League quarter-final will be huge.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men face Manchester City at home first in what promises to be a classic tie. These are the games Eriksen surely wants to play in every season, and if they can progress into the semi-finals he might just believe he can do it regularly without having to move elsewhere.
Most people wouldn’t blame the Dane for leaving if he doesn’t think the club are moving in the right direction. He’s now 27-years-old and approaching the prime of his career, so he needs to be playing in all the biggest games to cement himself as one of the world’s best.
However, with Spurs’ new stadium looking out of this world, he might now be closer to signing a new deal than he was last month. Spurs need to fill that stadium with victories and beating City on Tuesday would signal the start of the mentality change the club so badly needs.
If they can get past City and line up a semi-final against either Juventus or Ajax, Eriksen might feel he can reach his potential in London.
Surely he’d rather see Spurs reach the highest level than have to move clubs to do the same.
If they fail to reach the semi-final and the playmaker has to watch the rest of the competition from his sofa, that could make his mind up right away. It seems he’s biding his time to test how well the club cope with the Champions League pressure before committing his future or leaving.
These two games against Pep Guardiola’s men mean more than just progression to the final four. Indeed, it might be the difference between Eriksen staying or leaving, and him leaving could set a domino effect off at the club.
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