• Spurs midfielder has said he wants a new challenge
• His situation has been complicated by Paul Pogba scenario
Christian Eriksen is set to join up with his Tottenham teammates by the end of the week for pre-season training despite having made plain his desire to leave the club more than a month ago.
When Eriksen said in early June that he wanted a new challenge elsewhere this summer, it was designed to accelerate a long-considered exit strategy. The midfielder has been linked with Real Madrid, who like their transfer targets to publicly express a desire to leave their employers, and Juventus.