Report reveals what manager really thinks about former Spurs star Christian Eriksen

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Antonio Conte has not been impressed with Christian Eriksen’s performances since moving to Inter Milan, according to reports from Italy.

Eriksen completed a move to the Nerazzurri in January this year as he had just six months remaining on his contract with Tottenham in North London.

The Great Dane suffered a dip in form during his final season at Spurs and he would have been hoping for a fresh start at Inter in order to get back to his best.

However, that has not proved to be the case so far for the Denmark international, who has been forced to make do with a bit-part role for Antonio Conte’s side.

The midfielder has been on the receiving end of some fairly harsh criticism since joining the Italian giants.

Former Inter defender, Fulvio Collovati, described him as a ‘difficult player’ (Tuttomercatoweb), while ex-defender Luis Suarez accused Eriksen of lacking character and aggression (Tuttomercatoweb via Sport Witness).

Gazzetta dello Sport (as relayed by Sempre Inter) has now revealed that the 27-year-old was not Conte’s first choice in January as he preferred a move for Arturo Vidal instead.

It is claimed that the former Chelsea boss has not been particularly impressed with Eriksen and feels his intensity and physical condition need to improve if he is to fit into his system.

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Intensity is certainly not Eriksen’s best asset and so Conte will be disappointed if he expects the former Spurs star to press high up the pitch and cover ground quickly. As we’ve seen at Spurs, in order to get the best out of Eriksen, he needs athletic ball-winners behind him, as well as forwards who make smart runs beyond the opposition backline. I am not sure Conte’s style of football will particularly suit the 27-year-old.

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