Journalist claims Eriksen would have doubts about Spurs return due to Conte relationship

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Christian Eriksen
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The Daily Star journalist Paul Brown has claimed that Antonio Conte was ‘merely being polite’ when he suggested a couple of months ago that he would be open to Christian Eriksen returning to Tottenham.

Eriksen’s performances for Brentford in the second half of the season since returning to competitive football have seemingly caught the attention of several clubs across the Premier League including the likes of Spurs, Everton and Manchester United (Mirror). 

Sky Sports reported last week (on their live transfer blog – June 2, 9:51 pm) that Brentford have already offered the Dane a long-term contract and are waiting for the midfielder’s response.

The report suggested, however, that the 30-year-old had also been intrigued by Conte’s comments back in April when he admitted that it would be ‘great’ to work with Eriksen again. 

However, Brown insisted that we should not be reading too much into the Spurs head coach’s comments, pointing out that the Italian did not have the best of relationships with the attacking midfielder during the start of their time together at Inter Milan.

The journalist told GiveMeSport about Tottenham’s interest in Eriksen: “I honestly think when Conte was first asked about it, he was merely being polite when he answered that, you know, there would be a place for him and yes, he’d be interested.

“He didn’t really get on with him that well in Italy, and I think Eriksen probably remembers that and would have doubts about going back to Spurs.”

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Eriksen did win Conte over during Inter’s historic title-winning season in 2020/21, finishing the campaign as a regular in the Nerazzuri’s starting elven.

I certainly think that Spurs would have made contact with the Dane’s representatives about returning to North London, given that we need a number eight this season.

However, I do not think Conte would be looking at Eriksen as a priority singing and I do not expect the Italian to offer the 30-year-old any assurances regarding game time.

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