“I wouldn’t touch him with a bargepole” – Pundit advises Spurs against transfer deal

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Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has advised Tottenham Hotspur against a move for Christian Eriksen.

Last January, Eriksen completed a move to Italian giants Inter Milan for a fee of around £16.9m and signed a contract which will keep him with the Serie A outfit until 2024 (BBC).

The Dane revealed last summer just days after the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool in June 2019 that he wanted to seek a new challenge away from the club whilst inviting interest from Real Madrid, only for a move to Spain to fail to materialise (Ekstra Bladet).

Whelan admitted that he was not impressed with how the playmaker performed during his last few months leading up to his exit.

The 28-year-old is said to be keen on a loan deal to return to North London this month (Sky Sports) after struggling for regular first-team football at the San Siro.

Whelan believes Eriksen can consider himself very fortunate should Spurs bring him back to the club.

He told Football Insider: “We just need to look at the cloud he left behind him and the way he played and what he gave Tottenham during the remaining time that he had there, which was nothing,”

“He played at 60 per cent, because he didn’t want to get injured, he wasn’t the same player, he wanted out of the football club – he was a great servant and a fantastic player but you’ve got to look at the way he acted before he left.

“That is a danger to me. I wouldn’t be going anywhere near it, same as Arnautovic at West Ham – you can’t be having players like that, that didn’t put enough in while they were wearing the shirt because he wanted out of the football club.

“Now to me, if he comes back, he’s a very lucky boy, because he’s not been setting any fires while he’s been abroad. I wouldn’t touch him with a bargepole, no matter how good he is.

“I think when you leave and you show your character and the person you are, it’s disrespectful to the club and to the players that you’re playing with.”

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