Mauricio Pochettino says Christian Eriksen was always happy to stay at Tottenham after he failed to secure a move away in the summer transfer window.
Eriksen had admitted in the summer he was considering leaving the club in order to “try something new”.
The Denmark international, who was linked with a move to Real Madrid, is in the final year of his contract and will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with European clubs from January 1.
Pochettino insists the midfielder was always in the right frame of mind despite losing his place in Spurs’ starting line-up at the beginning of the season amid the uncertainty over his future.
“He has always been happy here. Of course, everyone has their aims and challenges but I told you before the Arsenal game that he was in the right mind. That’s why I selected him,” Pochettino said.
“He is such an important player for us and one we appreciate a lot.
“He is happy and if he can play, he will. All the decisions will be made on performances.”