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Former Tottenham head coach Harry Redknapp says Christian Eriksen should start despite his desire to leave North London.
Denmark international has been left on the bench in the latest Premier League home game against Newcastle, which Spurs lost 0-1.
“Without Dele Alli, Eriksen is the only player Spurs have got who can make that final pass. Why was he on the bench?
“I know he wants to go, but while he’s there I’d still be looking to play him to win games.
“If there is a problem with him, why bring him on, just because you’re in trouble?”
Redknapp says he had the same issue while coaching Luka Modric at Spurs. Croatian international joined Real Madrid in 2012, but he was close to a move to Chelsea a year before that.
“I had the same problem with Luka Modric when Chelsea came in for him, but he still played.
“Even though Chelsea were offering to double his money, he got on with it. He stayed, played and was fantastic.”