Danish starlet had been chased by a plethora of big-name clubs during the close season.
Tottenham Hotspur midfield player Christian Eriksen has claimed that it was the personal intervention of both chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini that convinced him to move to White Hart Lane this summer, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The coveted Denmark international joined the north London club from Eredivisie champions Ajax on a five-year deal for a cut-price fee of just £11 million on Aug 30, despite interest in Eriksen from a whole host of other clubs in both the Premier League and throughout the Continent as well.
Top-flights rivals Liverpool had reportedly been keeping close tabs on the 21-year-old since the end of the previous campaign, while Serie A giants AC Milan and Uefa Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund had also been keen on landing Eriksen during the close season.
However, in the end the Dane says that it was the way in which the north London club chased his signature in the days leading up to the closure of the summer window that convinced him to play for Andre Villas-Boas’s side this season.
“I talked a little bit with the manager but I had more to do with the chairman and the director Baldini,” Eriksen said.
“They were they guys who really had the right words.
“The first contact was with my agent and then my agent talked to me and I said, ‘Go on, I really want to hear what they have got to say’.
“The day after my agent was [in London] to look around and see everything and talk with the big men, then the day after, they all went to Amsterdam to negotiate with Ajax.
“The next day, I was here for a medical. It went really quick. Just four days.
“It really impressed me that they wanted it so badly and wanted to do it so quickly.”
Eriksen made his debut for Spurs on Saturday in their Premier League encounter with Norwich City at the Lane, with the twinkle-toed playmaker turning in an eye-catching display as the home side recorded a comfortable 2-0 win against the Canaries.