Tottenham's Christian Eriksen leads his team out on to the pitch
Christian Eriksen's agent Martin Schoots has spoken exclusively to the Evening Standard in relation to the recent news regarding his client's contract demands, claiming that the Dane is not solely motivated by money.
Tottenham began their Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw at Everton today, with Eriksen playing the full 90 minutes, and Schoots spoke to the Standard, insisting that the 24-year-old former Ajax star is happy in North London:
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen
"The only thing that I can say is that if money were the most important thing, Christian would not have gone to Ajax at the first place. At the time, he was 16 we were in contact with clubs like Barcelona, Chelsea and AC Milan. And if money were the most important thing, he wouldn't have joined Tottenham three years ago. He had interest from some of the richest clubs in the world. But Tottenham were the only club he wanted to join, and he is happy."
It was reported yesterday that Eriksen stunned the Tottenham hierarchy with his demands of a new contract worth £150,000 per week (The Telegraph).
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen in action
With not a single player at White Hart Lane on more than £100,000 per week, were Eriksen to be offered the terms he reportedly desires, there would be serious financial ramifications for the football club.
As is the case in every line of business, all of Tottenham's other top talents would surely expect a similar increase in salary.
It will be a delicate situation to handle for the club, and they will have to weigh up how important they deem Eriksen to be, and whether or not it will be financially viable to bow down to the mercurial 24-year-old's demands.
With Daniel Levy in charge of financial negotiations, Spurs will be no pushover, that much is certain.
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen applauds fans