Christian Eriksen comments on why he joined Inter Milan ahead of Manchester United

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has opened up on Manchester United’s interest in him.

The Dane was rumoured to have held talks with the former Premier League champions in August with the BBC claiming at the time that Eriksen was instead holding out for a move to Spain.

Eriksen revealed just days after the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool in June that he wanted to seek a new challenge away from North London whilst inviting interest from Real Madrid, only for a move to fail to materialise (Ekstra Bladet).

The 27-year-old admitted that he did hold talks with United and re-iterated his desire to move abroad after describing the option of remaining in the English top flight as an easy solution.

The former Ajax playmaker completed his departure after six-and-a-half years at Tottenham in a £16.8million deal with Inter Milan (Football.London) claimed that once the Italian giants had registered their interest, it wasn’t a difficult decision for him to decide his future.

Tottenham’s decision to allow Eriksen to leave in January represented their last opportunity to cash in on the player, who was out of contract at the end of the season.

He told the BBC when asked if it was always Inter Milan and whether Manchester United were on the radar: “For a few years but it was never really likely. We did speak to them of course and we did hear what was possible and what wasn’t possible. But, in the end, me personally, I wanted a new challenge. To stay in the Premier League would have been an easy solution.

“Of course, staying at Tottenham would also have been a solution but, for me, it just came down to wanting to try a new challenge in a new country. Once Inter came up it really wasn’t a difficult choice.”

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