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Christian Eriksen Insists He Is 'Very Happy' at Tottenham Amid Latest Rumours

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2018

SWANSEA, WALES - MARCH 17: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at Liberty Stadium on March 17, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen has insisted he is happy in north London and said he does not think about interest from elsewhere amid renewed links with Barcelona.  

Per Adrian Kajumba in the Mirror, the Denmark international's fantastic form for club and country this season has caught the eye of the Camp Nou giants, but Eriksen told Danish publication BT he takes no notice of such talk:

"To be honest, I do not think about [interest from elsewhere]. You play football in the present, but you also have dreams. Dreams are one thing, but they are only realistic when [an offer] is on the table. Right now, most people are very happy at Tottenham and I am also."

Eriksen, 26, joined Spurs from Ajax for £11 million in 2013, and he has been a vital player under manager Mauricio Pochettino in recent seasons as Spurs have gone from strength to strength in the Premier League and Europe.

The playmaker has also become the star of the Danish national team and netted a hat-trick back in November as they downed the Republic of Ireland in a 2018 FIFA World Cup play-off in November.

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Denmark manager Age Hareide has talked up his star player's ability, suggesting he could walk into any midfield in the world, including those at Real Madrid or Barcelona, per Danish outlet Ritzau (via Calciomercato.com):

"I think he is a type that can adapt to anything. Give him a ball, then the ball will speak for him wherever he is. Christian is a type that just gets better from dealing with better football players. 

"When looking at the players that play centrally for Real Madrid and Barcelona, none of them are better than Christian. 

"Luka Modric came from Tottenham to Real Madrid, and he was not as good as Christian."

Spurs fans and the club's hierarchy will likely be reassured by Eriksen's latest comments, but he only has a contract that runs to 2020, a factor that could become problematic if he is not tied to an extension soon.

Equally, there is the concern of ambition.

Manchester City have long had the 2017-18 Premier League title wrapped up, and Spurs were recently knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the last-16 stage by Juventus.

They are still in the FA Cup and will face Manchester United in the semi-finals in April. Spurs have not won any silverware since the 2008 League Cup. 

Conversely, the likes of Barca and Real claim a significant trophy most seasons and have ambitions that far exceed Tottenham's—the Blaugrana's return of only the Copa del Rey last term was regarded as indicating a disappointing season.

Eriksen mentioned having "dreams," and the opportunity to play somewhere like Barca, at a club that consistently competes for league titles and Champions Leagues, could be tempting enough to see him leave Spurs in the future. 

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