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Eriksen: ‘I was the black sheep at Tottenham’

Dane speaks out after switch to Inter

06 February, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

CHRISTIAN Eriksen has wasted little time in taking a stinging swipe at his former club, claiming he joined Inter Milan because they are more likely to win trophies than Tottenham.

Eriksen (pictured) joined the Serie A side last month in a £16.9million move, ending a six-and-a-half year stay in north London. And in a series of interviews after his switch to the San Siro, the Denmark midfielder, whose contract at Spurs was due to expire this summer, wasn’t shy about revealing the reasons he left the Lane.

The 27-year-old described himself as “the black sheep” at Tottenham for being “very honest” over running his contract down.

He also revealed that his admission that he wanted to leave, which came in the aftermath of the Champions League final defeat against Liverpool, led some supporters to turn on him.

“There’s a big chance of winning a trophy here or a bigger chance than where I was of course,” Eriksen told Sky in Italy.

“I’m here to win and start something new. The last time I won something was at Ajax so it’s many years ago. I still remember the feeling so I want to achieve it here as well.”

Meanwhile, reflecting on the fallout that landed at his feet after saying he wanted to leave Tottenham, Eriksen told BBC Sport: “After what I said in the summer, it was just about ‘when is he going to leave?’ Every game it was ‘is he leaving? Is he not leaving?’ Of course, a lot of people were speaking about it.

“In England, when your contract is shorter, it is like you have to leave now. You are gone. In the end I played about 30 games that were like goodbye games. It was like ‘this might be his last game’, ‘this might be his last game’. It kept rolling.

“If you have a short contract, you will be the black sheep. Of course, I did the interview. I was very honest. I felt I had to be honest. I didn’t want to hide like a lot of players do. I wanted to say it out loud.

“I did get the blame for a lot of stuff, for being the bad guy. I read I was the bad person in the changing room, that ever since I said I wanted to leave, it was no good me being there.

“To be honest, over the last few years, if anything came up, any player would think about leaving, but I was the guy who said it publicly.”


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