MAURICIO POCHETTINO says Christian Eriksen should not be pressured into signing a new Tottenham deal.
And the Spurs boss has likened handling the great Dane to letting his pet dog Sensa off her leash.
Eriksen, a long-term target for Barcelona, has only 18 months to run on his contract – and Pochettino revealed he travelled to Copenhagen last summer for dinner with the player, in a bid to persuade him to stay.
Pochettino said: “I was in Copenhagen in the summer with (assistant manager) Jesus (Perez), Christian, my wife in a very nice restaurant.
“We hope he will commit to a long term contract, he is a great player but in football, it’s about timings and negotiation and different feelings.
“He’s right to wait maybe sign this week or in six months, to have different dreams and challenge.
“He needs freedom. You need to give him freedom and trust, like my dog when I walk her in the park.
“He’s a clever person and it’s going to be a decision from him and the club and different parties. I hope he can be with the club for a very long time.”
The Dane said: “I focus on playing football, and there are many battles you have to think about which must be won.
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“It is not the first time that there have been rumours, and when the newspapers write something, it is not something we are masters of.
“I think people know what I want, and I know what they [Tottenham] would like. There is a nice dialogue so there is nothing [new] there.”
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