Antonio Conte comments on Eriksen’s future at Inter amid Spurs rumours

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Dom Le Roy

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has commented on Christian Eriksen’s future at Inter Milan ahead of the transfer window closing next week.

The Dane found himself once again on the bench for Tuesday night’s Coppa Italia clash with rivals AC Milan but was given a late cameo in the 88th minute.

Eriksen certainly repaid Conte’s decision when he curled a free-kick into the top left corner in the seventh minute of stoppage time to give his side a 2-1 victory to set up a semi-final tie against Juventus.

It was Eriksen’s first goal of the season, with the Dane starting just four Serie A games this campaign (transfermarkt).

He has been linked with a move back to England but Inter boss Antonio Conte was adamant Eriksen is going nowhere during the January transfer window.

The Inter boss also revealed that he considers the 28-year-old to be shy and hopes that the goal will help him become confident.

Tottenham had been linked with a loan move for their former playmaker this month (Sky Sports), but it now appears he will see out the season in Italy.

“For a month now I’ve been saying the same thing: this is the Inter squad,” Conte told Rai Sport (as translated by Goal).

“Nobody will arrive, nobody will leave. I keep saying it and nobody seems to believe me.

“We are working with Eriksen on a tactical level to find an alternative for [Marcelo] Brozovic, because we don’t have someone like that in the squad.

“Christian is a very intelligent lad, he has quality, he’s part of the project and I am happy he scored that goal. I really wanted him to take it, as we all know the quality he has from set plays.

“He’s very shy, so I hope this goal can shake him up and make him come out of his shell. We all like him, he’s a good lad, perhaps too good! He needs to be more determined.”

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