Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho insists Christian Eriksen needs clarification about his future at the club, amid talks with Inter Milan over a January transfer.
The Serie A side have proposed just over £10m plus bonuses in talks with Spurs - but the Premier League club are standing firm on their £17m valuation of the Denmark midfielder.
- Jose: Spurs need to buy a striker
- Eriksen's agent has dinner with Inter boss
- Watford vs Tottenham preview
Eriksen has featured sporadically for Spurs this season, scoring three goals in 26 appearances, as his contract runs into its last six months.
Mourinho said: "I put myself in the player's position and I think he needs January 31 to come and to be sure that he is going to stay until the end of the season or before January 31 to know that he is leaving.
"I think it is difficult for a player to be in this situation where it is 'today I am here, tomorrow I don't know if I am'.
"If he is here on January 31 he will know that he will be here on February 1, he will know that he will be committed with the club, with the fans, with everyone until the end of the season.
"He had a conversation with me on day one and on day one I knew clearly what he wanted to do.
"It was just a confirmation what Mr Levy told me before that. He told me exactly the same thing and there is no doubts. The only situation is to try to get the best from the players which is what I am trying to do, so that's it.
"If we don't have an offer to sell him, how can we sell him? It is as simple as that."
'Conte shouldn't speak about Eriksen'
Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta and Eriksen's agent Martin Schoots had dinner in Milan on Thursday, as negotiations over a transfer continue.
However, Mourinho seemed irked by Inter boss Antonio Conte speaking publicly about Eriksen joining the club before the move has been completed.
When asked about Conte, Mourinho added: "He was very positive that Eriksen is coming to Inter. I think we shouldn't speak about players from other clubs until they become our players, I think we shouldn't speak about players from other clubs.
"You ask me about Gedson (Fernandes) since the moment Gedson's name was on the screen, is he going to West Ham, to Tottenham? You ask me if he comes or doesn't come, I told you nothing.
"Even after the game against Middlesbrough I asked you if it was done or not done, you told me no, if it is not done then it is not done. I have nothing to say. I think that is the best way - you protect everybody, you protect the clubs, you protect the player."
How to follow the January transfer window with Sky Sports
Sky Sports will bring you the very latest news from the January transfer market with the return of three shows.
Start your day with Good Morning Transfers at 9am as our team of reporters bring you the latest news and insight. Transfer Talk then follows at midday delivering analysis of the biggest stories. Then join us at 7pm for the definitive round-up of the day's news with The Transfer Show.
Meanwhile, the Transfer Talk podcast will also be back at the turn of the year with more expert analysis from here and across the continent.
And as well as tuning into Sky Sports News, don't miss a thing with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.