Tottenham old boy Christian Eriksen has dropped a big hint that he will leave Brentford (opens in new tab)this summer by saying his ambition is to play in the Champions League, fuelling rumours of a return to north London.
The Denmark international joined the Bees in January on a six-month deal and he’s made an impressive impact, scoring one goal and setting up four more in 10 Premier League games. However, the 30-year-old clearly has loftier ambitions than the creditable mid-table finish that Thomas Franks’ side will achieve.
“I do not think that there are some football players who can just pick and choose between clubs, because there are many criteria that come into play,” Eriksen told Viaplay (via Football 365). (opens in new tab)
“There are also many clubs that need to see one’s path before that happens. I have different offers and options, which we are considering, and then we make a decision.
“I would love to play Champions League football again. I know how much fun it is, but it isn’t essential for me.”
Eriksen has been linked with a return to Tottenham this summer, the club he left for Inter Milan in January 2020 after six-and-a-half years in north London. The midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020 last summer, but he has since fully recovered.
He left Inter in December by mutual consent, as Serie A rules forbid him from playing with the implantable cardioverter defibrillator he had fitted. Manchester United (opens in new tab) have also been credited with interest in a summer move, as incoming boss Erik ten Hag is a fan of Eriksen. (opens in new tab)
However, the Red Devils won't be able to offer him the Champions League football he would like, as they will qualify for the Europa League at best.
As for Spurs, a top-four finish still hangs in the balance. Antonio Conte's side are currently two points clear of Arsenal (opens in new tab)in fourth, but the Gunners will move above them if they beat Newcastle (opens in new tab)on Monday.
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Antonio Conte has been vocal in recent weeks about the direction that Tottenham need to head in, claiming that Steven Bergwijn needs to believe in himself a little more and stating just how important it is to win the race for the top four.
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.
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