‘His commitment is the same’: Mauricio Pochettino rubbishes claims that Christian Eriksen’s performances have waned as he nears final months of his Tottenham contract
- Christian Eriksen has less than 12 months remaining on his Tottenham contract
- The Denmark international made it clear last summer that he wanted to move
- However, boss Mauricio Pochettino insists the midfielder is still committed
Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is still fully committed to Tottenham, despite the midfielder’s deal nearing completion.
The Denmark international made it clear that he wished to leave the north London club last summer, but there were no offers forthcoming.
That has left Eriksen to reintegrate himself in Pochettino’s squad, with around just seven months left on his contract.
Mauricio Pochettino has insisted the Christian Eriksen is still committed to Tottenham
However, despite his situation, his manager rubbished suggestions that his heart is no longer in it for Spurs.
‘I don’t think the performance of Christian (Eriksen) is any different than when we signed him five-and-a-half years ago,’ Pochettino said.
‘His commitment is the same – sometimes we maybe look too much at whether a player has a one-year contract or a four-year contract.
‘In the end it is about commitment – maybe players in the last year of their contract show more commitment than a player with four more years on their contract.
‘But when you see Christian and you compare him to different seasons, he is the same player.’
Eriksen, who has been a linchpin for Spurs in previous campaigns, has failed to start every top flight game this season, being named on the bench for three games, as well as being left out of the squad entirely when they faced Watford.
His influence on the pitch has dipped, too, with the Dane registering just one goal and one assist in the Premier League to date.
The Denmark international has less than 12 months remaining on his deal at the London club
However, Pochettino insists that his struggles are down to injury, as opposed to a lack of desire.
‘After the Champions League final, he got an groin injury with the national team and pre-season was not the best for him,’ Pochettino explained.
‘Like all the players he needs time but commitment but I am happy with what he is doing.’