Christian Eriksen has praised Jose Mourinho for the way he handled questions about the midfielder’s future amidst rumours of him close an exit from North London.
Eriksen revealed publically last summer that he would like to seek a new challenge after spending six successful years with Tottenham (Ekstra Bladet).
However, Spurs failed to come to an agreement with any club over Eriksen’s sale last summer and the 27-year-old ended up staying until January.
Since his appointment in November, Jose Mourinho had been coy concerning questions about the midfielder’s future whilst the Dane was still at the club.
The Spurs head coach admitted to having had conversations with Eriksen about his future but refused to reveal the details of the discussion to the press (Daily Mail).
After having completed a move to Inter Milan for a fee around £16.9 million (BBC Sport) in the final week of the January transfer window, the former Ajax man has now revealed what the Portuguese coach said once he revealed his desire to leave.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Eriksen said: “When the window is not open, there can only be talk. There cannot be anything concrete. I think Mourinho did well. He could have said ‘he wants to leave, so he is not going to play any more’. He didn’t do that.
“After I told him where my feelings were and what I would like to do, he told me just to be happy and if I was needed I would play. I was needed in a few games where I did make a difference. It was more as an extra rather than in the starting XI of course.”
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It was a fairly open secret that Eriksen had indeed told Mourinho that he wants to leave given the fact that he hadn’t signed a new deal and his contract was about to run out in the summer. Spurs did get a pretty good deal for a player with just six months left on his deal but it would have been much more sensible to have let him go last summer.
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