Christian Eriksen running short of options for future away from Spurs

Only a handful of sides have the resources and stature to attract the midfielder and he could end up staying at Tottenham

“In my mind I have had the following list for a long time: Ajax-Arsenal-Barcelona. Call it the Marc Overmars route,” Frenkie de Jong said this past week. “But then again, if you can go directly to Barcelona, then you are right where you want to be. Faster than you ever dared to dream.”

It is six years since another elegant Ajax midfield graduate decided to leave in search of his fortune, opting for north London after helping to secure a third successive Eredivisie title under Frank de Boer. Christian Eriksen, born in Middelfart – a small town at the gateway to Funen, Denmark’s third-largest island – had arrived in the Dutch capital as a teenager in 2008, spurning interest from, among others, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United to continue Ajax’s tradition of developing top Danish talent. He was spotted playing for Odense’s youth team by John Steen Olsen, the celebrated Scandinavian scout whose long list of discoveries includes Søren Lerby, Jan Molby and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His latest protégé fulfilled the early promise by becoming the youngest player to appear at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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