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The Denmark international is entering the final year of his contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and his future with the north Londoners is unclear.
Along with England international Harry Kane, Eriksen has been at centre of Spurs’ upturn in recent years.
And Murphy, like many fans of the north London club, believes it’s imperative the Spurs top brass offer him a bumper new deal as soon as possible.
“Tottenham have to tie Eriksen down with a new contract if he doesn’t leave this summer,” the former Spurs midfielder told Bwin.
“They may have to add a clause to the contract that allows him to leave if certain teams come in for him, but they can’t afford to let him leave on a free next season.
“I don’t believe Eriksen will sulk if he doesn’t leave this summer, but he needs to make sure his head is 100% in the right place come the first game of the season.
“If he does kick up a fuss then [Mauricio] Pochettino will have no issues dropping him and that will only make matters worse. I really don’t think Eriksen is that type of player though.
“These situations are the exact reason why teams shouldn’t let players get down to one year on their contract. Tottenham can’t afford Eriksen to leave on a free next season so will want him to sign a contract if they can’t sell him.
“Eriksen then has to put his faith in the board if he signs a contract, that they will let him leave if a big team comes in for him.”
Last month, Eriksen put several clubs on red alert by revealing he’s eager to take on a new challenge.
Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful the Dane will commit his future to the club, saying: “I hope he will [stay].
“I think he is a great player, Christian. One of the biggest talents in football.
“After five years working with him, I am sure in the way that he plays, and I hope so, yes.
“But you know, there is a lot of interest. I hope yes, but I don’t know what is going to happen with that.”
Spurs kick off their Premier League campaign on August 10, welcoming Championship play-off final winners Aston Villa to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.