Pochettino speaks on contract rebels Eriksen and Dembele

Football- 3 January 2018 14:38 GMT

Tottenham Hotspurs gaffer Mauricio Pochettino has praised Christian Eriksen for his commitment despite his contract standoff with 18 months left on his contract while there’s no progress on Moussa Dembele’s talks.

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“He is happy here, he is showing his commitment,” Pochettino said. “Then what is going to happen in between him and the club is not only in our hands.

“I’m not a person that suffers too much in this type of situation because football is dynamic. Football is about interests that as managers we sometimes cannot manage. It depends on many things in this business – different parties that have interests.

“Of course Christian Eriksen is such an important player for Tottenham and of course as a person or as a professional coach or manager, you would like to have this type of player with you. But in the end it’s a negotiation and there’s different parties that have different interests.

“It will be fantastic if Christian Eriksen is going to be committed with the club long-term. And if not it’s his right to do what he wants to do.”

On Dembele contract talks

“There is still no news [on Dembele],” Pochettino added. “No news, again like Christian Eriksen – a different situation – it is not only in our hands. In that business there are different parties that are involved, then it is about to negotiate, to talk, and see what the different parties want. [His future] is going to be a club decision, of course involved with the player and the people that are with him.”

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