Tottenham Hotspur ace Christian Eriksen is on the club’s tour of Singapore because he wanted to be there, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs are in Asia for two friendly matches as they begin their preparation for the upcoming domestic season, but some fans might not have expected the Denmark international to be with the squad.
One of the reasons for that is because the Tottenham playmaker had minor surgery recently, but also there has been so much talk of him wanting to depart the Champions League finalists, that it seemed unlikely he would head out to Singapore.
Pochettino was understandably delighted to have his main man on tour with him, and even suggested that the Spurs midfielder could be involved in the friendly action in some way.
The Tottenham boss provided an update on the status of his key man ahead of those matches, where he stressed it was Eriksen himself who chose to go on the trip, despite wanting to exit the club.
“It’s difficult for me to talk for the comment of the player, I wasn’t there, I don’t know. To be honest during my holiday I didn’t want to listen and see the media.” Sky Sports quote the Spurs manager as saying.
“Christian is here because I think he expects to play maybe Sunday against Juventus or Man United because he had a small, minor surgery after the final. That is why today rather than train with the group, he trained alone to try to avoid risk and it is possible to play Sunday.
“We gave him the option to stay in London but he wanted to come because the medical staff decided that he was available to play maybe and that is why he’s here. It was his decision with the club and medical staff.”
It is a positive for Tottenham that Eriksen wanted to go on the long distance trip, although it could be that he is just looking to build up his fitness in case he is taken by another club before the transfer window closes next month.
Either way, it seems that Spurs fans have not seen the classy playmaker in their shirt for the last time, despite the wish of the Dane to move on to a new challenge.