Christian Eriksen is likely to reject any move away from Tottenham in January as he knows he will benefit financially by staying until the end of the season and leaving on a free transfer.
Eriksen, the midfielder, was expected to leave Spurs last summer after admitting he wanted to ‘try something new‘, though he remained in north London as neither Real Madrid nor Manchester United – the two teams known to be interested in him – failed to complete his signing.
He has not put pen to paper on a new deal since, however, meaning his contract expires next June and he is free to hold talks with European clubs from January 1.
Spurs may look to axe Eriksen in the January window to ensure they receive a fee for the playmaker rather than lose him for nothing six months later, but Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has told talkSPORT the player himself is unlikely to agree to this scenario.
Speaking on Sunday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast, the Romford Pele said: “I think the player will have something to say about [leaving in January], because he might say, ‘I’m not going anywhere’.
“From January 1 you can do your contract and pre-sign with whoever you are going to, and his wages will be so much more if he goes on a free transfer.
“So he’ll be saying: ‘No, I’m not going anywhere and I don’t have to go anywhere’.
“You might get £20million for him in January, but that £20m will go in his pocket if he stays another six months.”
Eriksen has struggled for form since admitting his wish to leave Spurs, though he has still started seven of Tottenham’s 12 Premier League matches this season.
Many of the club’s fans said during the summer that Eriksen should be made to train with the reserves until he leaves so as to not create disharmony in an already under-performing squad, and Parlour shares the view that the Denmark international shouldn’t be playing if he is lacking in motivation.
Parlour added: “If there are players who want to play for Tottenham more than Eriksen, then yes [I would ignore him].
“I know he’s a quality player, but sometimes you’ve got to say, ‘he’s going to do a better job for me, he’s going to try harder than Eriksen’.
“As much as he’s got good quality, [a different player] will put a shift in and work hard for the team and everybody around him.
“Sometimes you’ve got to be cruel.”