José Mourinho has given Christian Eriksen a helping hand. The midfielder, who seems to trade Tottenham Hotspur for Internazionale, was knocked out on Tuesday-evening by his own fans in the FA Cup duel won with Middlesbrough (2-0).
Eriksen has an expiring contract with Tottenham, which means the club has to sell it this winter to keep a transfer fee. The midfielder made it clear last summer that he is ready for a new challenge and that has not made him popular with the supporters of the 'Spurs'.
The 27-year-old Dane was on Saturday at his substitution in the home game against Liverpool (0-1 loss) boo appeal and Tuesday night against Middlesbrough the Tottenham supporters blew him out when his name was read up for the game.
Mourinho does not want to lose the supporters, but at the same time defends Eriksen. "Christian played Middlesbrough very well and professionally. That's exactly what I expect from him. If he decides to leave, he can leave the club with his head held high," said the Portuguese manager.
Christian Eriksen may have already played his last game for Tottenham. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"Tottenham negotiates with Inter about Eriksen"
According to media such as The Guardian and Sky Sports , it is likely that Eriksen will go to Internazionale immediately. The club from the Serie A is said to have made an offer of 8.5 million pounds (around 10 million euros) for the former Ajax player, while Tottenham demands double.
Tottenham took over Eriksen in the summer of 2013 for 13.5 million euros from Ajax. The 95-time international of Denmark has played no less than 302 official games for the Londoners so far, in which he scored 69 times and delivered 89 assists.
Tottenham hopes to be able to add a midfielder to the selection these days. The current number eight of the Premier League is said to be close to the arrival of Gedson Fernandes, who is rented from Benfica for a year and a half.
"There is no news about that yet," Mourinho said after the duel with Middlesbrough at his press conference. "I didn't want to hear anything on the day of competition to keep full focus. Even now I have nothing new to tell you."