Spurs boss on Eriksen's futue

English Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says Christian Eriksen will continue to be a first-team regular despite being heavily linked with Real Madrid.

Eriksen started in Spurs' 2-2 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and once again showed his value to the team with a typically industrious performance.

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The creative midfielder has just one year remaining on his contract and reports suggest he could follow in the footsteps of another former Spurs playmaker Luka Modric by joining the most successful team in European history.

But Pochettino appears unperturbed by such speculation and insists Eriksen will not be phased out nor treated differently to any other player.

"No (contract situation does not affect decision)," Pochettino told Sky Sports.

"For me it is the same between a player who has one year on his contract and one who has five years, the section is not for the length of the contract it is for the performance.

"After five years you all (media) should know to avoid this question, because you know I will take the decision based only on performance, and not personal situation with the club.

"My point is to help all the players, to support all the players until they decide with the club to go a different way with their career, and to show respect to all. Sometimes it is difficult to understand outside of football or this club that respect means respect."