Danny Rose has told Sky Sports that it is crucial Tottenham Hotspur keep Christian Eriksen this summer, after the playmaker scored the winner in a 1-0 triumph over Brighton on Tuesday night.
Brighton came to Spurs new stadium with the intention on playing for a point, and they came within inches of securing just that – until 27-year-old Eriksen blasted an effort past Mat Ryan into the corner on 88 minutes.
Eriksen’s future at the north London club is in huge doubt. He has just 12 months remaining on his current Tottenham contract, with Real Madrid said to be lurking among others.
Spurs defender Rose has urged 87-time Denmark international Eriksen to stay at the club, and looked to persuade the Spurs board to do all they can in keeping the Denmark captain at the club beyond the summer window.
“It’s obviously vital [that Eriksen stays]. If you look over the five years that the manager’s been here, Christian has played the most games and that says a lot,” Rose said.
“When Christian doesn’t play, there are questions that we don’t look the same. He links everything up for us. The lads in the changing room trust the people upstairs to hopefully get him to sign.”
Spurs have to get Eriksen to sign a new contract, if they want to be considered as title challengers next season.
The club would have to sell Eriksen to bring in a decent fee for the left-footed playmaker this summer, with the Dane being allowed to talk to other clubs from January 1 next year.
With the knowledge that his Spurs spell is set to end, Eriksen’s focus may alter and his performances could decline. Spurs simply have to do all they can to keep him.