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Eriksen rejects rumours over wage demands

Everton 1 Tottenham 1

By Robert Jones

Published 15/08/2016

Close contact: Everton’s James McCathy (left) and Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen (right) battle for the ball
Close contact: Everton’s James McCathy (left) and Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen (right) battle for the ball

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen appeared to dismiss talk he has demanded £150,000-a-week wages as he took to Twitter after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Everton.

Reports have suggested Eriksen's agent left Spurs stunned by requesting the huge pay rise for the 24-year-old amid ongoing talks over a new contract and interest from the likes of Juventus.

But following the Premier League opening-day match at Goodison Park, for which Eriksen played the full duration, he posted a message on Twitter which said: "Not the result we wanted! But still one point and great support from the fans.

"And don't believe everyting u (sic) read on the internet."

Additionally, the Evening Standard has quoted Eriksen's representative Martin Schoots as saying the Denmark international, who joined Tottenham from Ajax in 2013, is "happy" at the north London club and not simply motivated by money.

Tottenham, who pushed so hard in the title race last term only to end up third, took a long time to get going at Goodison.

They fell behind in the fifth minute when a Ross Barkley free-kick was allowed to bounce straight into the corner of the net, and struggled to respond as the hosts, under new manager Ronald Koeman, produced a lively, organised first-half display.

But Spurs secured a point in the 59th minute via Erik Lamela's header and were only denied a second during a late spell of pressure by two outstanding saves from Maarten Stekelenburg on his Toffees debut.

Everton: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Baines, McCarthy, Barry (Cleverley, 85 mins), Gueye, Mirallas (Lennon, 76 mins), Barkley, Deulofeu (Kone, 78 mins). Unused subs: Robles, Oviedo, Davies, Galloway.

Tottenham: Lloris (Vorm, 35 mins), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dier (Janssen, 55 mins), Lamela, Eriksen, Alli, Kane. Unused subs: Carter-Vickers, Davies, Mason, Onomah, Winks.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (Bradford)

Man of the match: Martin Stekelenburg

Match rating: 7/10

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