Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has not ruled out the possibility of Christian Eriksen leaving the club this summer.
The mercurial Dane has entered the last 12 months of his current Spurs contract and as such there is a chance the North London outfit will look to cash-in on the playmaker this summer.
“I hope he will [stay],” Pochettino said, according to a report published by Marca.
“I think he is a great player, Christian. One of the biggest talents in football. After five years working with him, I am sure in the way that he plays, and I hope so yes.
“But you know, there is a lot of interest. I hope yes, but I don’t know what is going to happen with that.”
The Danish international has been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer after recently indicating that he would be open to leaving Tottenham for a new challenge.
Eriksen is a key part of the Spurs first-team and many fans would be sad to see him depart.
Since joining the club in 2013 from Ajax Amsterdam, he has gone on to make 277 appearances in all competitions, scoring 66 goals and recording 86 assists.
The one thing that has eluded him during his time at Tottenham is a major trophy and this is likely the reason behind why he wants a new challenge at this point of his career.
Eriksen is regarded as one of the best creative midfielders in the Premier League and some also regard him as one of the most underrated players in world football.
From a Real Madrid perspective, he could be an ideal replacement for Luka Modric, who struggled for consistency last season and who at 34-years-old is now entering the final years of his career.
Tottenham fans, and Pochettino, will hope that if Eriksen is sold the club hierarchy replace him with another creative player before the window closes.