Eriksen needs ‘freedom’ to play

Mauricio Pochettino retains his faith in Christian Eriksen and insists he allows the Tottenham playmaker 'freedom' to play as he chooses.

Eriksen has yet to agree a new deal with Spurs, though his manager is still of the opinion that he may commit his long-term future to north London.

Eriksen has 18 months left on his Spurs contract and chairman Daniel Levy is typically keen to secure his signature on an extension. As yet Eriksen has not put pen to paper.

"We hope that Christian can commit to the club with a long-term contract – but in football business it is about timings and negotiations," said Pochettino.

"He is ready to wait. Maybe sign this week, maybe sign in six months.

"For me, it is not a point to discuss. He is very committed with us and he is playing so well. He is a great player and I am so happy with him."

Spurs are 11/10 to beat Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday. The in-form Red Devils are 13/5 to maintain their perfect record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while the draw is 27/10.

Spurs are looking to win three consecutive top-flight meetings with Manchester United for the first time since 1960.

Eriksen, 9/1 to score first against United, will play without restraint, something Pochettino feels is vital to a player of his ilk.

"He is a special person and you need to give him some freedom on the pitch," he added.

"You cannot put him in a box to play, you need to give freedom and trust in him."

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