Mauricio Pochettino is optimistic Christian Eriksen will still be a Tottenham player after Monday’s European transfer deadline.
Pochettino restored Eriksen to the Spurs starting line-up for Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Arsenal, a decision which reaped an instant reward as the Denmark international opened the scoring 10 minutes into the north London derby.
Speaking after the draw at the Emirates, Pochettino was asked if he could guarantee Eriksen’s stay at the club. He replied: “No, there are still hours, or one day. I want to say that it is impossible, but it will be difficult.
“Nothing is impossible in football, [but] I am optimistic. The most important thing is that there is only 24 hours. I hope everything will be clear for everyone.
“The team was unsettled, and I was a little bit worried about the situation because we knew very well what was going on. But now I am optimistic and happy.
“It’s important for all of us to be on the same page at the club. It’s important that players have a clear idea where we want to go and how we want to get there.
“After tomorrow, Christian and different players are going to be focused 100 per cent only on Tottenham and not thinking of different things that make management so difficult.
“The most important is that we knew what was going on when we finished the Champions League final. We have to learn from our mistake and from now we have to decide on a strategy that ensures we are going to be in the position we deserve to be.”