Spanish newspaper Marca have made a claim that will delight Tottenham Hotspur fans, reporting that Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane does not want to sign Christian Eriksen – because he wants a Manchester United star instead.
Eriksen, 27, starred for Spurs last season, scoring 10 goals and creating 17 assists. Speaking to Danish media recently, he stated that he wants to “try something new” as he enters the final 12 months of his Spurs deal.
Real Madrid have been heavily linked with Eriksen, but after signing Eden Hazard from Chelsea, question marks surrounded Real’s need for Eriksen. Now, Marca have claimed Zidane does not want Eriksen.
That is because the French boss is keen to bring his fellow countryman Paul Pogba to Real Madrid from Manchester United, choosing the ex-Juventus star over Eriksen and Ajax’s Donny van de Beek.
Pogba, who is earning an enormous £290,000 a week at Manchester United (Spotrac), has a contract at Old Trafford until the summer of 2022 and it will be harder to land the Frenchman. But Zidane has made his mind up.
The news that Eriksen’s biggest admirers are no longer interested in the former Ajax star is a huge boost for Spurs. Keeping Eriksen is crucial as to how Spurs play.
Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain have been loosely linked, but Real Madrid were the predicted destination for Eriksen. Now, he may have to consider remaining at Spurs.
If that is the case, he could be more inclined to sign a new deal with the north London club. Spurs may want to sell Eriksen anyway, given that they may struggle to bring in cash for his signature beyond this summer.