Erik­sen to play de­spite In­ter links – Mour­inho

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ot­ten­ham man­ager Jose Mour­inho says Chris­tian Erik­sen will play against Mid­dles­brough on Tues­day, de­spite be­ing linked with a move to In­ter Mi­lan.

The Serie A side are ex­pected to know more about their chances of sign­ing the mid­fielder, who is no longer a first-team reg­u­lar, within the next 48 hours.

Asked about his re­cent per­for­mances Mour­inho said, “Is this the best Chris­tian Erik­sen?

“I have to be hon­est and say no. I know the rea­sons, I’m not an idiot.”

Erik­sen, 27, has al­ready in­di­cated he has no wish to sign a con­tract ex­ten­sion at Spurs and wants to ex­pe­ri­ence life out­side Eng­land.

The Dane, who helped Tot­ten­ham reach the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal in June, has ap­peared 25 times for the club this sea­son, although eight of his ap­pear­ances in the Premier League match­day squad have been as a sub­sti­tute.

He made Mour­inho’s start­ing XI for a league match for the first time in Jan­uary, more than a month af­ter the Por­tuguese boss took over from Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino.

“A player in this sit­u­a­tion, even if he wants - and I am not crit­i­cis­ing him... It’s nor­mal a player in this sit­u­a­tion doesn’t per­form in the high­est level,” added Mour­inho.

“But he is help­ing us in matches he has played for us. He’s had pos­i­tive per­for­mances and con­tri­bu­tions like against Olympiakos and Nor­wich.”

Erik­sen started against Boro in their FA Cup third-round match, which fin­ished 1-1, and looks likely to again when they play the


re­play at Tot­ten­ham Sta­dium.

“He plays to­mor­row (Tues­day),” said the Spurs boss. “Af­ter that I have a match on Satur­day and he maybe plays on Satur­day again.

“I can­not tell you much more than that.”

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