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Mourinho: "The only thing I can say is Eriksen will be a free agent at the end of the season"

Christian Eriksen will be free to leave Tottenham in June and José Mourinho admitted that he is uable to clarify where the Danish midfielder's future lies.

Mourinho: "The only thing I can say is Eriksen will be a free agent at the end of the season"
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José Mourinho doesn't want to hear about hypothetical scenarios regarding the future of Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen. The Dane will be out of contract at the end of June and has been linked with a move away in the previous transfer windows but a deal failed to materialise. Reports suggest Spurs are willing to listen to offers of 40 million euros for Eriksen in January, half the amount Manchester United were supposedly quoted last summer, with a switch to Italy or Spain thought to be his favoured destination.

Eriksen's future still up in the air, says Mourinho

However, Mourinho kept his cards close to his chest when asked what will happen with Eriksen next month. "My feelings are until I have anything official rather than hypothetical, I will not comment," he told reporters this afternoon. "The only thing I can say is the player is a free agent at the end of the season.  Of course I've had a conversation with him, but I'm not sharing anything, from respect with the player."

Mourinho ambles over to chat to Giovani Lo Celso after the United game.
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Mourinho ambles over to chat to Giovani Lo Celso after the United game.Michael SteeleGetty Images

Lo Celso needs time to acclimatise

Mourinho was also quizzed on the possibility of turning Giovani Lo Celso's loan move from Real Betis into a permanent deal.

The Argentina midfielder has made 10 appearances so far this season but only two of those were as part of the starting line-up, with injury problems having blighted his start to the campaign. Mourinho has no doubts about Le Celso's quality, though conceded he is still getting to grips with life in England.

"I'm doing my work now to try to improve results and get the best out of the players," he added. "Of course, Giovani is in Europe for a number of years, but France with PSG and then Spain, it's a completely different football world than it is in England. So many experienced players arrive in England and the click for them is not automatic. So a young guy like Giovani also needs his time to adapt to the Premier League. You could see, even with Mauricio [Pochettino], an Argentinian man like him, easy communication, surrounded by some boys who speak French, he speaks English, so even in those surroundings of support it's not like he arrives here and explodes immediately. But we know the good player he is, give him time to develop and we think he is going to be a good player for us."


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