The latest news relating to Tottenham’s most recent arrival Christian Eriksen is that he could have been turning out in the Bundesliga rather than the Premier League this season.
Speaking to Danish newspaper BT, he revealed that Borussia Dortmund contacted him earlier in the summer about a possible move to Germany, only for Jurgen Klopp to ultimately sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan instead.
The two players are due to come face-to-face on Tuesday, as Armenia play Denmark in a vital World Cup qualifier, with Eriksen out to prove Dortmund signed the wrong attacking midfielder – not that he regrets his decision.
“Dortmund were interested, and they came,” Eriksen said. “They were there, and there was a phone call from them, but it was a long time ago and a lot has happened since.”
It certainly has. While Mkhitaryan has been finding his feet – and goal-scoring form – in Germany, Eriksen completed a bargain move to White Hart Lane in the final days of the transfer window.
And while Spurs fans are yet to see first-hand what all the fuss is about, there is no doubt the Danish playmaker is a phenomenal talent. So much so that PSG reportedly attempted to gazump Tottenham’s offer prior to his £11.5million move.
As BT reported last week, the French champions came in with a last-minute deal containing plenty of zeros. But Eriksen resisted, signing for Tottenham and becoming the latest talent to arrive in a squad now brimming with them.
Whether he rejected a move to Dortmund or they simply chose Mkhitaryan ahead of him is unknown. But if he did snubbed PSG’s last minute move, it shows Tottenham have not just a player but a gentleman on their hands.
Unlike in the case of Willian, Eriksen knew that a deal had been reached and he intended to honour it.
As BT claimed, “Eriksen wouldn’t drop the Premier League and a club with title ambitions in favour of millions in the Eiffel Tower’s shadow on the other side of the English Channel.”
In time, he is sure to play a major part in Tottenham’s future success. And he may also prove that for all the money changing bank accounts this summer, the cut-price fee Daniel Levy paid for him could be among the most impressive pieces of business in the transfer window.
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