Christian Eriksen is out to prove Chelsea wrong, almost a decade after being rejected by the Blues…
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed that we won’t be short on motivation when his side face Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday. The talented Dane was rejected by the Blues as a 14-year-old, when he was deemed ‘too weak’ to make it to the next level.
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According to the Daily Mail, it wasn’t just Chelsea who had their doubts, with Eriksen having already set his heart on a move to Ajax, but it’s clear now which side is regretting their decision more.
“England was not my first choice at that age,” Eriksen admitted this week. The player made two trips from Odense to London, playing in games against Millwall and West Ham United, first as a 14-year-old, and later as a 15-year-old.
Speaking about the experience, he added: “I enjoyed myself but it was too big a step at that time. In England you can’t enter the training ground without permission whereas in Denmark you are free to go in.
“Ajax was a lot closer to home and it meant my mum could come over for my first month. It was an easy decision.”
Tottenham paid £11m for Eriksen in the summer of 2013, and he’s fully justified his transfer fee over the last 18 months. More recently, he’s formed an impressive partnership with striker Harry Kane, who Eriksen is quick to compliment.
He said: “What Harry’s doing is impressive. But again, you always have the pressure from outside. Now if he doesn’t score he will feel it straight away. But Harry is a worker as well. He works for the team. He is not a striker who waits for the ball.”