‘Deserves to play’ – Brentford boss responds to Christian Eriksen speculation

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Christian Eriksen
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Thomas Franck has hinted that he is flatted by Brentford being linked with a move for Cristian Eriksen, admitting the former Tottenham man deserves another chance to play at the highest level.

Eriksen parted ways with Inter Milan last month as regulations in Italy state that players with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator fitted cannot continue playing professionally in the country (Guardian).

The 29-year-old, who has not played competitively since his cardiac arrest last summer, has admitted his desire to resume his career and represent Denmark in the World Cup in Qatar.

The Athletic reported recently that Brentford have made contact with Eriksen over signing for the club on a six-month contract.

This claim was backed up by The Times, who revealed that Thomas Frank has a good relationship with the midfielder, having worked with him during his time in charge of Denmark’s Under-17s.

The Brentford boss has now refused to rule out the prospect of Eriksen reuniting with him at the Bees and spoke fondly of their time working together in the past.

Frank told The Evening Standard: “It was a fantastic time. I was under-17 head coach for four years, under-19 coach for one year.

“But especially the under-17 years were amazing. It was a fantastic group of players. I was with Christian for a year, he was a young boy back then. Now he’s a grown man and one of the world’s best players.

“He is a really good player, we all know that he is a top Danish player. I worked with him in the past. He needs to find a club. I love to speak about players in house. I don’t think I should discuss that – maybe I should discuss [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo?

“If we were linked with Christian 10 or even five years ago, fans would say are you crazy. But we are in the best league in the world, the club is progressing. It’s positive. But, let’s speak about reality.

“If any club, or we, should sign a player, this is a player that only plays for the top clubs. Something unfortunate happened to Christian and now things changed a bit, he deserves to play at the highest level and I hope he will.”

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The fact that Frank refused to rule out Brentford moving for Eriksen, suggests that there is some truth to the reports. Given the pair’s close relationship, it is likely that the Bees boss would have spoken to the former Spurs man regarding a move.

While it would be great to see Eriksen back in the Premier League, I am not 100 per cent convinced that it would be in Tottenham’s best interest to bring the Dane back to North London. I do not expect Antonio Conte to push for the 29-year-old’s signing.

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