Christian Eriksen is set to join up with his Tottenham teammates by the end of the week for pre-season training despite having made plain his desire to leave the club more than a month ago.
When Eriksen said in early June that he wanted a new challenge elsewhere this summer, it was designed to accelerate a long-considered exit strategy. The midfielder has been linked with Real Madrid, who like their transfer targets to publicly express a desire to leave their employers, and Juventus.
But Spurs have received no official bids for Eriksen and he must re-focus on getting fit for the new season with them. The players began to report from Monday, with Eriksen granted a little extra time after his involvement with Denmark in the European Championship qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland and Georgia on 7 and 10 June.
Spurs depart for their pre-season tour of Asia next Wednesday, where they face Juventus in Singapore on Sunday week and Manchester United in Shanghai four days after that.