About seven and a half months after his cardiac arrest in Denmark’s first appearance at EURO 2020 against Finland on 12 June, Christian Eriksen signed with Brentford. More precisely, the 29-year-old playmaker for now received a contract with the Bees until 30 June. Before that, he had to terminate his agreement with Inter Milan, which originally ran until the summer of 2024. This is because the Italian federation FIGC does not permit the use of players with a defibrillator inserted.
Eriksen worked with Chiasso and Jong Ajax on his comeback
Eriksen then trained with two teams between late December and January. First, he kept fit near Milan with Chiasso, who play in the Swiss 1st division promotion. Then he did so with Jong Ajax. The second team of the most successful Dutch club, where Eriksen was under contract from 2010 to 2013, competes in the Eerste Divisie.
After three seasons at Ajax, Eriksen moved to Tottenham Hotspur. The Danish playmaker spent six and a half years at the Premier League club before moving from London to Milan in January 2020. Now the 29-year-old returns to the British capital.
Brentford represents a sort of branch of Danish football
Bees coach Thomas Frank said Eriksen will arrive on Sunday and take part in team training for the first time on Monday. After that, he said, it will become clear when the “possibly most important new signing in Brentford’s history” is likely to make his debut.
Frank is one of the reasons for Eriksen’s move to the Premier League. After all, the 48-year-old Dane already coached him when he was a youth player for the Danish Football Association DBU. Moreover, Brentford’s squad includes six other Danes. By this, we mean, among others, the defenders Mads Bech Sörensen, Zanka and Mads Roerslev Rasmussen. Then there are midfielders Christian Nörgaard and Mathias Jensen as well as substitute goalkeeper Jonas Lössl.
Nörgaard and Jensen are in the extended squad of the Danish national team. Now Eriksen hopes to join them at the World Cup finals in Qatar. Denmark has already their ticket thanks to the first place in Group F of the European qualifiers. And the team coach Kasper Hjulmand certainly won’t be to blame either.
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