Spurs tie down star player until 2020

SoccerBy Sunday World
Eriksen celebrates scoring a goal for Denmark this week
Eriksen celebrates scoring a goal for Denmark this week

Tottenham have announced that Christian Eriksen has signed a new contract to tie him to the club until 2020.

The talented midfielder had been stalling on signing a new deal and negotiations had been ongoing since March.

Eriksen, signed from Dutch club Ajax in August 2013, said in an interview with Spurs TV posted on the club's official Twitter feed: "There is a great future at this place and I wouldn't have signed if I didn't see that."

However, it was reported last week that Mauricio Pochettino had stepped in to make sure the Dane signed up to a long-term deal and it seems the personal touch of the boss has done the trick.

Eriksen has been out of sorts so far this season and was particularly poor against Crystal Palace two weeks ago when Pochettino substituted him in the second half.

The midfielder had always been keen to stay at Tottenham, having pinned his hopes on playing in the Champions League. He bought a new house in London this summer and his girlfriend has recently started working in the capital.

The 24-year-old, however, rejected Spurs' first offer of fresh terms, which came significantly below the club's top earners.

Eriksen had been earning around £35,000 a week while Hugo Lloris, Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele are all paid around double that amount.

Lloris, Pochettino's captain and goalkeeper, is believed to earn around £80,000 a week.

Negotiations remained cordial throughout the summer but they had reached a stalemate last month, before Pochettino persuaded both sides they needed to come to a resolution.

It now seems to have come to a happy conclusion for player, club and manager.