Christian Eriksen admits he considered sleeping on team-mate’s sofa

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Christian Eriksen
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It looks like former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is having a harder time than many of his fellow professionals during the coronavirus lockdown.

Italy has been one of the worst affected countries in Europe and has experienced a strict lockdown to help stop the spread of the virus.

Eriksen, who completed a move to Inter Milan in January, has revealed that he has been staying in the club’s training centre due to the fact he is yet to find a property in the Italian capital.

He admitted that he even considered asking to temporarily move in his with his Inter team-mates Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku.

The 28-year-old told Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten (as relayed by Football Italia): “I thought of talking to Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young, but they already had families to look after, and 14 days sleeping on someone’s sofa is too long.

“Instead, I ended up staying at the club’s training structure with a chef and five members of staff who chose to quarantine themselves in order to protect their families.”

The former Spurs star also revealed how he had a run-in with the law enforcement when he went out to shop.

He said: “The police stopped me and in my rather bad Italian I had to explain what I was doing, where I was going and why I was out the house.

“I’ve never had so much free time and you can’t even really go shopping. We can’t complain, as it’s far more difficult for many others, but it is so different to the life we are accustomed to.

The midfielder also opened up on the difficulty he is having trying to train in his surroundings.

Eriksen added: “We do follow the training schedule sent by the club and their diet plans too, but you have to make do.

“I’ve been running around the parking lot basement and calculated I can run 35 metres, then have to take a turn and run 35 metres back.

“I haven’t touched the ball in seven weeks. It’s been the longest period without football in my life and I really am starting to miss it.”

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In a way, Eriksen picked the worst possible time to move given how bad things are in Italy. Things haven’t gone too well for the midfielder on the field either so far. However, I expect him to turn his form around once he gets used to his new surroundings.

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