Christian Eriksen openly admitted his desire to get a 'fresh start' away from north London a couple of months ago, and judging for the interest some big clubs showed on him in the summer, we all thought he was bound to leave Tottenham, he included.
So, when the European transfer deadline day hit and he was still part of Tottenham, he couldn't help to show his frustration about his contract situation:
"I wish I could decide just like in Football Manager, but unfortunately I can't," Eriksen told Ekstra Bladet as he joined his national team for international duty.
Eriksen has refused to sign a contract extension with the Spurs and it doesn't look like he's going to change his mind any time soon, as he stood by his comments even when asked if he had made them by mistake:
"No, it wasn't (a mistake). But it is soccer and you never know what happens in soccer. Many things always come into play. To me, it is not difficult to clear my head. I don't read much of what is written. And now I have been involved for many years, where there have been many rumors every year. But it's clear that it's been a little more fierce this year because my contract is about to expire. I know a lot of people are interested in where I want to play. That's the way it is. This is how it is in a top club if you have done well. There will always be rumors," he concluded.
Eriksen was linked with a move to Manchester United and Real Madrid but neither team made a formal bid for his services, and now he'll likely leave Tottenham for free in 2020, as he'll be eligible to sign a pre-contract during the upcoming transfer window.