Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has admitted his previous liking for Leeds United.
Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen has told the Daily Mail that he loved playing Football Manager - and even played as Leeds United.
Eriksen, 23, has become one of the biggest stars in the Premier League since joining Spurs from Ajax back in 2013, and his rise to stardom won't be much of a surprise to avid players of Football Manager.
The Danish playmaker was long rated as one of the top young players in Football Manager, and players of the game often moved to sign him in order to harness his huge potential.
It's currently Mauricio Pochettino doing that in real life, but now Eriksen has opened up about his love for one of football's most popular video games of all time.
Eriksen, speaking to the Daily Mail, has admitted that, once he was added to the game as a young player coming up through the ranks at Ajax, he would sign himself for the likes of Barcelona.
Bizarrely though, Eriksen also revealed that he loved to play as either Italian side Roma or Championship outfit Leeds United, no doubt in a bid to recapture The Whites' former glories.
"When I was in my teens at Ajax and started appearing in these games, I would always buy Football Manager and sign myself pretty quick," said Eriksen. "I would make myself No 10 and captain straight away. I would sign myself for Barcelona, do a season there, and then I went to Real Madrid and bought me. Didn't matter what team I was, I'd buy me. I loved that game — I used to play as Leeds or Roma a lot as a kid."
"But when I was made part of the game, I was disappointed with myself a few times. I'd never fine myself but my character was never quite good enough in the game. It was the same with the FIFA games — it was annoying because I wasn't that good. Other players were better. I always ended up losing because I would get the ball to me and not pass to the others. I couldn't understand why I was losing, but I can't dribble on the FIFA game," he added.
It's strange for a player who spent most of his youth in Denmark and the Netherlands play Football Manager as Leeds United, but it arguably shows the size of the Elland Road club to those even outside of England, who no doubt remember the club's days in the Champions League under David O'Leary.