Former Tottenham Hotspur man Danny Murphy has spoken out about Christian Eriksen’s future, claiming he would be happy to move to a bigger club.
The Denmark international joined Spurs from Ajax in August 2013 and has gone on to make 237 appearances for the club, scoring 57 goals during that time.
However, the 26-year-old’s contract expires at the end of next season and it would be unusual if other clubs were not interested in signing the attacking midfielder.
As one of Tottenham’s key players, Mauricio Pochettino and the rest of the Spurs hierarchy will likely do all they can to keep him in North London.
Murphy, who spent almost five years with Spurs during his playing career, thinks that Eriksen is a player who may be tempted by a move away from the Premier League.
“I think Eriksen could well be looking to move on from Tottenham to join the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona,” he told the Bwin website.
“I think he is a player that could have his head turned and would jump at the chance to go.”
There is no suggestion that either of the Spanish clubs have any firm interest in signing Eriksen and Murphy concedes that even if he did switch to La Liga, there is no guarantee that he would be starting regularly – as he is at Tottenham.
“The problem for him is that I’m not sure he would get the playing time at a top European club.
“He’s a creative player who has performed very well for the last couple of years, but I don’t see him getting in at Barcelona ahead of the likes of [Philippe] Coutinho.”
Should interest from other clubs materialise before his contract expires, you could expect Spurs to rate Eriksen at a similar value to Coutinho.
Prior to that, the Dane must be high up on the list of players that Tottenham want to secure to a new contract as soon as possible.