Stubborn Pochettino was ‘close to axing Eriksen’ just before season started

May 31, 2020

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO was ‘close’ to axing Christian Eriksen just before the season started, according to reports.According to the Independent, that is because the Spurs boss does not like keeping players who are into the final year of their contracts.2 Mauricio Pochettino considered ostracising Christian Eriksen as he entered the final year of his contractCredit: ReutersEriksen’s deal at Tottenham runs out next summer and he has been heavily linked with a move to Spain this summer.But he has just a few hours left if he wants to secure a move away before the European transfer window closes.For now, though, Eriksen remains a Tottenham player, and a crucial one at that.Given the nod to start from the outset in yesterday’s North London derby, he repaid his manager’s faith within ten minutes.After Bernd Leno parried Erik Lamela’s tame shot, the Dane, 27, reacted first to tap into the empty net and give Spurs the lead.Although Harry Kane added a second, Spurs allowed Arsenal back into the game and had to settle for a point as their away form continues to struggle.But with Eriksen set to stay in North London for another year, Poch admitted he will throw a “big party” when today’s deadline passes.There are still hours, one day and I want to say that it is impossible but it is going to be difficult… I am optimistic. Mauricio Pochettino on Christian EriksenHe told talkSPORT: “Tuesday, we party. Finish the transfer window after tomorrow, I think Tuesday we are going to make a big party and celebrate.”Because I think it was my worst period after five years in Tottenham.”On Eriksen, Pochettino added: “His mind is clear that he wanted to play.”It’s nearly impossible for something to happen [with a transfer], that’s why it was clear.”There are still hours, one day and I want to say that it is impossible but it is going to be difficult.”I think nothing is impossible in football. I am optimistic.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrong”The most important thing is [the next] 24 hours and [we] hope that everything will be clear for everyone.”Christian Eriksen had a big performance. The whole team had a very good performance.”I enjoyed it a lot. You want to win, but you hope to play these kind of games every week.”2 The Dane tucks in the opening goal of the North London derby but could not inspire his side to victoryCredit: Richard Pelham – The SunMauricio Pochettino is counting down the hours until the European transfer window closes but says he’s optimistic about keeping Christian Eriksenlast_img read more

Exclusive – ‘Rooney isn’t a midfielder,’ Man United legend tells Van Gaal

January 6, 2020

first_imgWayne Rooney’s best position is as a striker – not a midfielder, insists Gary Neville.The Manchester United star has been playing in a deeper role in recent weeks under Louis van Gaal, but as a result his form has dipped.And with the England international returning to his usual role further forward against Swansea City, his former team-mate insisted that is where Rooney should remain.“I don’t think midfield is Wayne Rooney’s best position,” United legend Neville told Drivetime.“I think what happened at Man United earlier on in the season was he was put there out of necessity because of injuries and he’s ended up staying there.“Now he seems to have gone back [to being a forward] and I certainly think he’s better up top.”last_img read more