Reports: Real Madrid finally make a decision over Christian Eriksen
What's the story?
Real Madrid have reportedly made a decision over their longstanding bid for Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen.
The Los Blancos side has decided to give up the race for the playmaker's signature, despite previously having been adamant on getting his services.
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The Denmark international has been heavily linked to the European Champions in recent months, with longstanding rivals Barcelona also in the race to get his signature.
The 26-year-old was thought to be waiting on a potential move from Real Madrid for the summer, with his Spurs contract set to run out in less than 18 months.
Last month, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino told reporters (via Fox Sports) that the former Ajax man is happy at North London: "He is happy here, he is showing his commitment. Then, what is going to happen between him and the club is not only in our hands."
The heart of the matter
Despite having been on the La Liga outfit's shortlist, it appears the European champions have given up interest in the playmaker as they reportedly have full trust in Luka Modric and Dani Ceballos to fulfil the role.
According to Diario AS, Ceballos' performances have convinced everyone at the club that he is a worthy successor to Modric in the future. As the Croatian midfielder's rumoured exit has also been thwarted, Real Madrid are happy to offer him a new contract.
The report also stated that Ceballos appreciates the welcome he received from the Ballon d'Or winner from the start and it is believed that the team can benefit from the duo's great relationship on and off the field.
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This could go either way. Eriksen is yet to sign a new Tottenham contract, with his current one expiring in 2020, which means he could be available for a much lower fee this summer. It wouldn't make sense for a club like Real to not grab the opportunity if it comes around.
The Spurs would also much rather earn big bucks from a big European club than let Eriksen move away on a free transfer.
Spurs will return to Premier League action on Sunday when they face Leicester City.