Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has emphasised the importance of team-mate Christian Eriksen to the club, adding he remains hopeful the midfielder will sign a new contract.

TalkSPORT report that Eriksen has just over a year remaining on his current deal with the north London club.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed yet another successful year in the Spurs midfield, scoring seven goals and providing 12 assists in 32 Premier League appearances.

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His consistent form since joining the club from Ajax for a reported fee of £11m in 2013 has earnt him a plethora of admirers, with Spanish giants Real Madrid being continually linked with a move.

Now managed by Zinedine Zidane, the club were reported to be preparing a £100m bid in January and could renew their interest in the summer.

Eriksen knows that he could earn a bigger salary elsewhere, with his Tottenham deal seeing him pocket a meagre £70,000 a week compared to other players of his calibre.

Rose, who was speaking after Eriksen scored a late winner against Brighton and Hove Albion earlier this week, was in no doubts as to whether the Dane should be offered a new deal.

He said:

It’s obviously vital. If you look over the five years that the manager’s been here, Christian has probably played the most games and that says a lot. When he doesn’t play there are questions that we don’t look the same. It’s a pleasure to play with him, I hope he does sign. The lads in the changing room trust the people upstairs to hopefully get him to do that. We’ll just have to wait and see and hope that he does sign.

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