Christian Eriksen hasn't been shy about his desire to leave Tottenham Hotspur, claiming he's ready to embrace a new challenge on his career and wants a change of environment.
Hence, he's refused to extend his contract and is poised to become a free agent at the end of the season, so there was a lot of speculation about a potential move away of North London last summer.
With Real Madrid, Juventus, and Manchester United looming around, everybody expected Daniel Levy to put a price tag on him and just let him go rather than losing him for free, but at the end of the day, he stood put with the team.
Eriksen was clearly frustrated about the situation when asked about his desire to leave the team, but his boss Mauricio Pochettino seemed unfazed about the situation, and dismissed the rumors of Eriksen being unhappy with the team:
"He has always been happy here. Of course, everyone has their aims and challenges, but I told you before the Arsenal game that he was in the right mind. That's why I selected him. He is such an important player for us and one we appreciate a lot. He is happy and if he can play, he will. All the decisions will be made on performances," The Argentinean told the press, as quoted by BBC.
Eriksen was looking forward to joining a European giant in the summer after losing the UEFA Champions League final vs. Liverpool and struggling to win trophies with Tottenham.
Now, he's likely to sign a pre-contract with a club in the winter, as he'll be able to negotiate his next professional move 6 months before his current deal runs out.
As for the Spurs, they'll need to dig deep in the market to fill Eriksen's void, as he's become one of the world's top-tier playmakers and set-piece specialists.