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Transfers aren't as easy as in Football Manager, laments wistful Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen

The Denmark international is in the final year of his contract with Tottenham  (opens in new tab)and will be free to sign a pre-contract with any suitors on 1 January.

"I wish I could decide just like in Football Manager, but unfortunately I can't," Eriksen told Danish publication Ekstra Bladet. (opens in new tab)

The midfielder spoke out earlier this summer about being ready to “try something new”, with Real Madrid (opens in new tab) understood to be his preferred destination.

When asked whether that comment was a mistake in retrospect, Eriksen said: “No, it wasn't. But it is football and you never know what happens in football. Many things always come into play.

"To me it is not difficult to clear my head. I don't read much of what is written.

"And now I have been involved for many years, where there have been many rumours every year. But it's clear that it's been a little more fierce this year because my contract is about to expire.

"I know a lot of people are interested in where I want to play. That's the way it is. This is how it is in a top club if you have done well. There will always be rumours."

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.