'I’m not an idiot, I understand,' says Mourinho after Eriksen jeered off
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he is “not an idiot” and understands why supporters jeered Christian Eriksen off during their 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.
Eriksen continues to be linked with a move away from Spurs, with the Dane in the final six months of his contract.
Inter are said to be leading the race to sign Eriksen, with reports suggesting the Serie A club have agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with the playmaker.
Despite the ongoing speculation, Eriksen has continued to feature for Spurs, but a below-par performance against Liverpool saw the 27-year-old booed off the pitch by some home supporters.
"One thing is to not put in his best performance, that is Christian Eriksen and so many players around the world,” said Mourinho.
“For different reasons you have better seasons than others, better matches than others.
" If you ask me if I know the reasons - I'm not an idiot, I have been in football for many years. I know clearly that a player in this situation is not a player that - even if he wants, I am not blaming or criticising the player - it is normal that he doesn't perform at the highest level."
"I can also say that he is helping us in matches that he is playing. He had positives performances and contributions.
Mourinho added that Eriksen will feature in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay against Middlesbrough.
"He plays tomorrow," Mourinho said. "After that I have a match on Saturday and maybe he plays. I cannot tell you more than that. Again, we are in our limits.
Roberto Firmino of Liverpool battles for possession with Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FCGetty Images
“We have important injuries and every player we have has to be ready to help the team. We are not in a condition to think any different than that."
Mourinho also refused to speculate further on reports Gedson Fernandes is close to joining Spurs on an initial 18-month loan.
"I'm waiting for news, but when I say I am waiting the news could come or not," he said.
"I'm more worried about Middlesbrough than the market. Of course, with the rules even if you get the player you cannot play him in a replay.
Gedson Fernandes of SL Benfica with the Primeira Liga medal after winning the match between SL Benfica v Santa Clara - Primeira Liga at Estadio da Luz on May 18, 2019Getty Images
"I cannot answer because I don't know if we are getting him, he's a Benfica player.
"I don't think the Benfica coach and president, both my friends, will be happy if I speak about one of their players."