Christian Eriksen Says Tottenham Made Him A ‘Black Sheep’

"I did get the blame for a lot of stuff, for being the bad guy. I read I was the bad person in the changing room, that ever since I said I wanted to leave, it was no good me being there," he said to BBC Sport. 

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Christian Eriksen moved from Tottenham to Inter Milan in January 2020

Christian Eriksen says his decision to run down his contract at Tottenham Spurs made him a “black sheep” at the Premier League club.

The 27-year-old midfielder joined Inter Milan last month for a fee of around £17 million ($22 million), ending his six-and-a-half-year contract at the Mourinho’s Spurs.

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Christian Eriksen was going to be out of contract at the end of the current season and had been seriously linked with a move completely away from London after he said he was ready for a new challenge after Spurs’ Champions League final loss to Liverpool last year.

That admission prompted some fans to turn on him.

“I did get the blame for a lot of stuff, for being the bad guy. I read I was the bad person in the changing room, that ever since I said I wanted to leave, it was no good me being there,” he said to BBC Sport.

Eriksen has also confirmed publicly that there was a sense of relief in beginning a fresh page in Italy.

“England, for the last few years, was very hectic,” he added. “After what I said in the summer, it was just about, ‘When is he going to leave?’

“Every game it was, ‘Is he leaving? Is he not leaving?’ Of course a lot of people were speaking about it.

“Even the fans you see on the street were like, ‘Thank you, goodbye and good luck’. But I was still there. It was a bit weird. In my head and for my body, it is good that I am in a new place and I can start again.”

Eriksen denied allegations that speculation over his future did affect him but that he felt he played about 30 matches that seemed like “goodbye games.”

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“If you have a short contract, you will be the black sheep. Of course, I did the interview. I was very honest. I felt I had to be honest.”

Eriksen confirmed there was moves with Manchester United but revealed a move to Old Trafford was never likely.

“It just came down to wanting to try a new challenge in a new country. Once Inter came up it really wasn’t a difficult choice,” he said.

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