'Wow!' - £11m Tottenham star on being coached by Arsenal legend

Bergkamp Euro 96

Christian Eriksen was coached by Dennis Bergkamp at Ajax ... and the experience was clearly something he cherished.

This summer saw an abundance of teams from across Europe make a move for Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen - as the Dane entered the final year of his contract with the Dutch giants.

The likes of Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Zenit St Petersburg and Liverpool were all linked with his signature - but in the end Tottenham Hotspur convinced him to make the move to White Hart Lane for a deal believed to be in the £11 million region.

That price seemed to be a bargain early on in his Tottenham career - as he starred in his debut against Norwich City, which saw Andre Villas-Boas say post game:

"It was a great debut for Christian, he is a pure number 10, a creative player and his individual quality made all the difference."

He has struggled to have such an influence on proceedings since, and is now on the sidelines with an ankle injury picked up on international duty.

But he still clearly has the talent to become an absolute bargain buy for AVB and Franco Baldini to throw down on their respective curriculum vitae’s.

His talent was even alerted to Arsenal in the past - in the form of a an absolute Gunners legend.

Former forward Dennis Bergkamp, potentially one of the greatest ever Arsenal players, reportedly told Arsene Wenger to snap him up back in 2010 - when he was just 18-years-old.

Bergkamp worked with Eriksen from a youth level all the way through to the first team - so the pair no each other very well.

And today, the Tottenham starlet made it clear what he first thought when being coached by the Dutch master:

“I started being coached by Dennis Bergkamp, who was assistant to the Under-17s. I thought: ‘Wow!’ He didn’t talk a lot but it was still Bergkamp. He had this (aura) of ‘I want to help other players’ and he did. We had almost individual training with him. Bergkamp came in with Wim Jonk and they were so good together it was crazy; they knew exactly each other’s runs so I learned.”

Such admiration for a special talent like Bergkamp however should transcend neighbourly rivalry and no Spurs fan would likely be upset at the comments.

However they will hope that Eriksen makes Arsenal rue not taking a punt on his talents as his career progresses.

image: © nicksarebi

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