Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he is not an “idiot” and knows want-away Christian Eriksen is not in his best form.
The Danish playmaker has refused to extends his contract with the club and is available for free in the summer, but talk about a transfer to Inter Milan is gathering pace.
Sky in Italy report that Inter have offered Eriksen a contract and are awaiting a response from the player’s agent.
Eriksen, 27, did start Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Liverpool and was booed by sections of the home support, before his substitution was met with applause.
“He plays tomorrow. After that I have a match on Saturday and maybe he plays Saturday again. We are at our limits. But he is helping us. Against Liverpool, he did not have his best performance I agree,” said Mourinho.
“If you ask me if this is the best Christian Eriksen, I have to be honest and say no. I’m not an idiot, I’ve been in football for many years. A player who is in this position, it’s normal that a player in this situation doesn’t perform at the highest level.”
Meanwhile, the Portuguese boss was giving little away at his press conference ahead of their FA Cup tie at home to Middlesbrough about Gedson Fernandes.
The midfielder is believed to be undergoing his Spurs medical and the BBC are confident that he will become Jose Mourinho’s first signing at Spurs.
“I am waiting for news. News can come or not,” added Mourinho. “I’m more worried about Middlesbrough than the market. Even if you get a player you cannot play him in a replay. So in this moment I’m not interested in Gedson or any kind of player.”
Ben Davies, Hugo Lloris and Tanguy Ndombele are all out and continuing their rehabilitation and Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko are also sidelined and will miss out in the cup clash.