Former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen admits it feels weird to be a Manchester United player as he never thought a move to Old Trafford would be on the cards when he left the Premier League in 2020.
Eriksen’s comeback since his horrific cardiac arrest during the European Championship last summer has been the best feel-good story in the game over the last 12 months.
As expected, there was plenty of interest in the Dane this summer on the back of his impressive showing at Brentford during the second half last season, with some reports alleging that Spurs were keen on bringing him back to North London (ESPN).
However, Tottenham eventually pulled out of the race for the 30-year-old, thus opening the door for the Red Devils to swoop for him.
David Ornstein explained last week on The Athletic’s YouTube channel (starting at 7:20), that the contract length and size Eriksen demanded did not match what Spurs had in mind, which is why Antonio Conte’s men pulled the plug on the deal.
Eriksen has now admitted in his first interview as a Man Utd player that he never thought he would be wearing the club’s shirt.
The former Spurs man told Manutd.com about the move: “It’s weird, I never thought it would actually happen, so to be here, like you say being a Man Utd player, it’s very special.
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“I think from my career path before the incident in the Euros, the planning wasn’t to go back to the UK at all.
“I was thinking my time to go to Manchester United was before! Obviously, then I was at Spurs, and then went to Italy, but now to sit here is definitely something that I didn’t expect, but I’m also very happy that I’m here. It feels good, it feels good to be here.”
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I was certainly not desperate for us to bring Eriksen back to the club this summer as he was never going to fit naturally into Conte’s 3-4-3 system. However, seeing him in a Utd shirt does feel quite weird as it is not something I ever thought would happen ahead of this summer’s transfer window.