New Manchester United signing Christian Eriksen has stated move to Tottenham Hotspur was “only talk” this summer
New Manchester United signing Christian Eriksen has revealed that he was never close to joining Tottenham Hotspur this summer. The Danish had his heart set on a move to Old Trafford early on.
The former Spurs star was linked with a move back to North London this summer. But United sealed a deal in the end for the free agent.
Speaking via Manchester Evening News, Eriksen stated that any story linking him with a move back to Tottenham was “only talk”. The 30-year-old opened up about his conversations with United being constructive.
“It was only talk. They 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 very early on, very positive and I had good conversations.
“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.”
Eriksen had a great spell back in the Premier League with Brentford. Having signed as a free agent for the Bees in January, the Denmark international featured in 11 league games, scoring one goal and assisting four in the previous campaign.
It wasn’t a surprise to hear talks of a return to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium this summer. The 30-year-old made a name for himself in North London, spending six-and-a-half seasons with Spurs.
In 305 appearances for Tottenham, Eriksen scored 69 goals and gave 90 assists. While he didn’t win any trophies with the North London side, they were a competitive side for years under Mauricio Pochettino and made it to the Champions League final in the 2018/19 season.
Now at United, fans will want the Denmark international to show the same set of skills that made him one of the best in the PL at Tottenham. The Red Devils need someone like the 30-year-old capable of breaking the lines and creating chances.
Having played mostly as a number 10 throughout his career, Eriksen spent most of his time in the number eight role for Brentford. United did need a quality box-to-box player and the Denmark international fits the bill.
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It remains to be seen how Erik ten Hag decides to deploy the 30-year-old. The Red Devils have Bruno Fernandes in the squad. Hopefully, the gaffer can figure out a way to play Eriksen with the Portuguese in the XI.