Pochettino keen to keep Tottenham star

Mauricio Pochettino says he is hopeful Christian Eriksen will stay at Tottenham.

Eriksen’s contract expires next year and he has been linked with several clubs, including Real Madrid.

“I hope and wish Christian can be with us in the future,” said Spurs boss Pochettino.

“I think Christian and us, we are so open to talk and we will see what happens.

“It’s a situation that’s a very special one and Christian is a special person. The timing for him or for the club to be agreeing something is maybe different to another player.

“It’s so close to the end of the season and there’s a lot of time to talk afterwards. “The most important thing now, not only for him, is for all the players to be focused and try to achieve the things we want.”

Eriksen’s late goal gave Spurs a dramatic 1-0 victory at home to Brighton and strengthened their bid for a top-four finish.

It came just as relegation-threatened Brighton, who defended in numbers, looked like securing a point on what had been a frustrating night for the home side.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, Pochettino said: “We’re in a position now that is in our hands to be in the top four.”

The result maintained Tottenham’s perfect record at their new home and means their destiny in the battle for the top four is in their own hands with three league matches of the season left to play.

Pochettino said: “At the end the reward is massive because the three points for us puts us in a very good position in the table. The three points means a lot for us.

“You cannot guess what will happen. We must be focused and try to win the next three games.

“If we can win the three games then we are not going to think about our opponents.”

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