Christian Eriksen has been urged to join Real Madrid – even if the Tottenham star ‘won’t play in Zinedine Zidane’s first team’.
The Spurs playmaker has only a year remaining on his current contract and Real are said to be keen on the Denmark international.
Eriksen admits he may be ready to “try something new” though Real have yet to make a firm offer as they weigh up their options.
Former Spurs defender Pascal Chimbonda believes a move to Real would be the best outcome for all concerned, even if Eriksen might struggle for starts under Zidane.
“It’s in Tottenham and Eriksen’s best interest for him to leave the club this summer,” Chimbonda told Sportingbet.
“Eriksen won’t play in Real Madrid’s first team, but it’s the price he will have to pay for trophies. Madrid have too many world class players in the form of Hazard, Modic and Kroos, who will all get ahead of him on the team sheet.
“Madrid is a massive club and there is no room for players to have an off day. If Eriksen has a dip in form, another player will be waiting to come in and take his place, which isn’t the case at Tottenham.
“It’s a massive step for him, but one he needs to take. He has shown he can single-handedly win games and I believe he would do the same at Madrid.”
Chimbonda reckons Giovani Lo Celso would be a suitable replacement for Eriksen.
“Lo Celso would definitely be able to fill Eriksen’s shoes,” he added. “He’s a very clever player and can unlock defences with his passing ability, which is what Eriksen brought to the team.
“He improved massively when moving to Betis as he had better players around him and I think it would be the same if he moved to Tottenham.
“Having the likes of [Harry] Kane, [Heung-min] Son and Lucas [Moura] in front of him will make him a real handful against any opposition.”