Tottenham Hotspur managed to offload Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan in the final week of the January transfer window, bringing an end to the saga.
Eriksen had long since been linked with a move away as he had just six months left on his contract in North London.
This meant that Spurs had to either sell up or accept that they would lose the playmaker in the summer of nothing, as a new contract seemed off the table.
Eriksen was a huge part of the Pochettino era at Tottenham, but revealed his desire to leave the club for bigger and better things after the Champions League Final loss (Ekstra Bladet).
Jose Mourinho still regularly used the Great Dane during his time as Spurs head coach, despite the likelihood of a transfer away.
Inter Milan boss, Antonio Conte, has now implied that Eriksen did not arrive with the necessary fitness for Serie A football.
He said (Sky Sports Italia – as relayed by the Standard): “I think that for someone who arrived five days ago, and we should not forget we had to rush him in because we were missing several midfielders, Eriksen still made a positive impact.
“Obviously, he needs to get settled into our style of football and also find the right fitness levels for Serie A, but I am very pleased with his full debut.
“He will get to learn the positioning we ask of our midfielders, but these are early days and I am satisfied.”
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