‘He is a great player’: Poch admits he wants gifted midfielder at Tottenham next season

Mauricio Pochettino will be aiming for another year of progress at the club after reaching the final of the Champions League last term.

The Tottenham Hotspur boss had a lot to be optimistic about at this time last year as several key stars, including Harry Kane, signed new deals to remain in north London.

However, a year later, Pochettino has been given no guarantees about the future of star midfielder Christian Eriksen, who only has a year left on his contract at the club.

The 27-year-old even went as far as stating a month ago that he “might want to try something new” (BBC) after half a decade as a Spurs player.

As expected, clubs like Real Madrid have been claimed to be keeping an eye on Eriksen, who was a regular in the Tottenham starting eleven last season.

When asked about whether he wants the midfielder at Spurs next year, despite his controversial recent remarks, Pochettino admitted that he still ‘hopes’ Eriksen will stay at the club.

“I hope he is [at Tottenham]. I think he is a great player, Christian. One of the biggest talents in football,” Pochettino said, speaking as a guest at the British Grand Prix.

“After five years working with him, I am sure in the way that he plays, and I hope yes [that he stays].”

Interestingly, the Tottenham manager also admitted that ‘there is a lot of interest’ in the midfielder at the moment.

“But you know, there is a lot of interest. I hope yes, but I don’t know what is going to happen with that.” he said