Tottenham Hotspur snapped up Christian Eriksen from Ajax this summer - after the Danish talent allowed his contract to enter its final year in order to force a move away from the Eredivisie.
The £11 million signing was deemed a bargain by many - as his precocious talents had been admired for a long time by the likes of Paris-Saint Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Manchester City and the list goes on for a while.
He started his career at White Hart Lane in excellent fashion - playing the starring role in a win v Norwich City. But since then he has hit a rut of form and now, has picked up an injury on international duty with Denmark.
The attacking midfielder therefore has had plenty of time to speak to the press this week - as Tottenham gear up for a crucial game in their season, and Andre Villas-Boas’ career, against Manchester United tomorrow.
As a talented creative midfielder at Odense Boldklub in Denmark he was scouted far and wide by many an interested party.
Including one Premier League team, as Eriksen revealed in his interview with The Telegraph today…
“I came to Chelsea, the first time at 14, a little kid. I went to Chelsea a second time, and AC Milan and Barca. We talked with the sports director at Odense and all thought that the Dutch league would be the best with my style. Of course when you mean Dutch you mean Ajax. When Ajax came in it was ‘boom’, right away.”
In the end he said he chose Ajax as he knew he would be likely to make it into the first-team faster in the Eredivisie then he would in London, Milan or Barcelona.
In the end it appears to be a move that paid off - as he is now in the Premier League, and hopefully upon his return from injury will excel once again.
And show Chelsea what they are missing.
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