Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham are not to blame for the Christian Eriksen transfer saga.
The Spurs midfielder, who was left out of the matchday squad for Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw at Southampton, finally looks set to leave the club for Inter Milan in a £17million deal.
Christian Eriksen has been at Tottenham since 2013[/caption]
Eriksen has been linked with a Tottenham exit for the past 12 months with his contract running out this summer.
And Mourinho appeared to blame Inter Milan for not resolving Eriksen’s future sooner.
The Tottenham boss told talkSPORT: “The situation should be resolved on the first of January, and it’s not because of Tottenham Hotspur that it is not resolved.
“For us, it could have been resolved on the first of January.
“So if we are still on this situation now, the one that is not to blame at all is Tottenham.”
Heung-min Son’s goal looked set to send Spurs through to the FA Cup fifth round, but substitute Sofiane Boufal struck three minutes from time to force a replay.
A hamstring injury to Harry Kane has seen Lucas Moura deputise up front, but he has scored just once in his last 10 games.
Tottenham were without a striker on their bench as Erik Lamela and Ryan Sessegnon were the club’s only attack-minded substitutes.
Mourinho bemoaned his lack of attacking options at St Mary’s.
He added: “The best way to do it (hold out for the win) is to score the second goal to kill the game.
“Our bench is not a bench of attacking solutions, which you can see. It’s not like I can send Lucas for a rest and put a striker there to come fresh and destroy a tired opponent.
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“It’s not like I can take off Sonny and put a fresh winger there. So we have our limitations.
“They brought Che Adams, they brought Boufal, they had solutions on the bench to help them play against a tired team, which they did, so it’s frustrating, but it’s not a bad result.
“I’m not disappointed. I just want to play the Man City game and then after that we will think about Southampton.”