Eriksen reveals Spurs rumours ‘only talk’; explains how he came close to joining Man Utd three times

Date published: Monday 1st August 2022 2:37 - Joe Williams

Man Utd midfielder Christian Eriksen controls the ball

Former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen claims he spoke to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho about a potential move to Man Utd in previous years.

The Denmark international finally completed a move to Old Trafford last month after leaving Brentford on a free transfer at the end of June.

Eriksen joined the Bees for the second half of the 2021/22 campaign after Serie A regulations restricted him from playing for Inter Milan because of a ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) he had fitted in 2021.

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The new Man Utd signing has been linked on and off with a move to Old Trafford in the past before leaving Spurs for a new challenge at Inter Milan in 2020.

And Eriksen has revealed how he talked to former Man Utd managers Mourinho, Van Gaal and Solskjaer about a possible transfer.

“When I was at Spurs, I spoke to every manager who’s been here at Man United to see what the situation was,” Eriksen said.

“So, it’s been on the books. Well, not on the books, but it’s been spoken about [for a while].

“For me, then wasn’t the time to move. I was at Spurs for a long time and I wanted to try something abroad, so I went to Inter and ended up having a lovely time. But then obviously something happened in the summer and that changed the career path I had in mind, so I came back to England, to Brentford first of all.

“To be here [at United] is something I didn’t think could happen a year ago. I never thought it was going to happen.”

When asked about speculation earlier this summer surrounding a potential return to Spurs, Eriksen added: “It was only talk.

“They [Spurs] never really came with anything so it wasn’t really a thing for me to go back to Tottenham at the time and Man United were in very early on, very positive and I had good conversations with them.

“It was very positive from the first few phone calls already and the club felt like they wanted me, so it was on for a long time.”

Speaking to the official Man Utd website, Eriksen explained how it felt to finally play at Old Trafford as a United player in a 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano.

Eriksen said: “It was very different, also when walking into the stadium. I had to go right instead of left. But it was special, it was a nice feeling. It’s been a nice day and wearing the home shirt here is definitely a new feeling I need to get used to.

“The people were very welcoming and I had a good feeling. I feel good. The group has taken good care of me. I haven’t had that many sessions with the team, obviously as they’ve been on tour, but I’ve played a game to get some minutes in my legs and I feel good. I feel fresh. The team feels good and the whole vibe around the changing room has been very good.”


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