Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta has spoken of his dealings with Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy over the negotiations for Christian Eriksen.
The Dane ended his six and a half year spell in North London on Tuesday when he completed a switch to the Italian giants for £16.9million and signed a four-year deal (Sky Sports).
As part of the deal, it was also agreed that Inter would pay Eriksen’s former club Ajax a fee of £843k (€1m) which they were entitled to as part of a sell-on clause while Levy also negotiated Spurs taking all the proceeds from a future friendly match between both sides.
Marotta admitted that he was delighted to bring the 27-year-old to the San Siro whilst acknowledging that the discussions between both clubs were lengthy due to Levy’s negotiating skills.
Eriksen made his debut for his new club after coming on as a 66th minute substitute in Inter’s Copa Italia match against Fiorentina last night.
Marotta told Italian TV channel RAI Sport + HD on 29/1/20 from 19:30: “Eriksen is an excellent player and we are happy to have him here with us. Inter’s appeal is very high and I hope this is the start of a generation with many great champions.
“We need a little of everything, a great coach but also a group of players who together create a squad made up of many different qualities.
“The negotiations took a bit longer because on the other side of the table there was a great manager like Daniel Levy, but we were reassured by the fact that the player was fond of our project and by the fact that he would be able to work with Conte.
“We found an agreement which allows us to reward all of Inter as well as a squad that is already very important.”
Marotta: "La trattativa Eriksen è stata lunga perché Daniel Levy è un grande dirigente. E' stata dura ma Eriksen ha sposato i nostri colori e il nostro progetto. Mercato ancora aperto? Non credo. Già aver trovato Eriksen è qualcosa di straordinario" pic.twitter.com/IpnOvZu2A4
— Daniele Mari (@marifcinter) January 29, 2020
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