Christian Eriksen has admitted that he “would love to play Champions League football again” as he weighs up his options ahead of next season.
Eriksen, 30, signed a short-term deal with Brentford in January and has helped to lift the Bees out of a potential relegation battle with a series of fine performances for Thomas Frank’s side.
The Danish international has fully recovered after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Euros last summer and has attracted the interest of a number of Premier League sides since his return to football.
One of those sides is thought to be Tottenham Hotspur, Eriksen’s former club. Spurs have looked formidable under Antonio Conte and could yet pip Arsenal to fourth place, although Eriksen has insisted that Champions League football is not “essential” for him.
He told Viaplay: “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. 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.”
Brentford will hope, for their sake, that Eriksen decides to stay put. After his performance in the 2-0 win over Burnley, Frank said that Eriksen could be the Bees’ “best signing ever”.
“It was a quality cross from Eriksen and a great header from Ivan,” he said. “We’ve seen things like that against us a few times this season, but this time it was a bit of quality from us.
“There is still more to come from him. Maybe not 10 top crosses a game, but more sharpness in the big moments. He’s at a good level now but the last bit will take some time.
“For me [signing Eriksen] was not a gamble. I was convinced he could help us and that he could be the best signing ever for Brentford.
“It was not an injury, it was a heart condition. So he wouldn’t have lost any speed or anything. There’s a mental issue but when he decided he wanted to play that was it.”