Brentford complete the signing of Christian Eriksen – just over seven months after he suffered a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 – as Danish midfielder signs contract until the end of the season
- Christian Eriksen has finally put pen-to-paper on a shock move to Brentford
- The 29-year-old was a free agent after leaving Inter Milan by mutual consent
- Several clubs were interested but the Dane only wanted a Premier League return
- Eriksen signs a deal until the end of the season having completed his medical
Christian Eriksen is back in the Premier League having agreed a deal with Brentford until the end of the season, the Bees have announced.
The 29-year-old, who suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020 last summer, was a free agent after leaving Inter Milan by mutual consent as rules in Italy prevented him from playing with a implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) device fitted.
The ex-Tottenham midfielder had been training with former club Ajax but has now agreed terms with Brentford having completed his medical assessments.
Christian Eriksen is back in the Premier League having agreed a deal with Brentford
Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 meeting with Finland last year
Brentford boss Thomas Frank, who worked with Eriksen while in charge of Denmark’s Under-17s squad early in his career, welcomed his compatriot to the club.
‘We have taken an unbelievable opportunity to bring a world class player to Brentford,’ Frank said.
‘He hasn’t trained with a team for seven months but has done a lot of work on his own.
‘He is fit but we will need to get him match fit and I am looking forward to seeing him work with the players and staff to get back towards his highest level.
‘At his best, Christian has the ability to dictate games of football. He can find the right passes and is a goal threat.’
Thomas Frank will reunite with Eriksen who he managed when in charge of Denmark’s U17 side
He was released by Inter Milan due to Italian rules preventing him from playing in Serie A
Brentford said Eriksen completed the details of his transfer from Amsterdam and will join up with the club in the coming days.
‘Christian has recently received his COVID-19 vaccination and, in order to comply with rules regarding entry to the UK, he will travel to West London in the coming days and will not train with Brentford this week,’ a statement said.
The club’s director of football Phil Giles said that, though the club would not divulge any of Eriksen’s private medical information, ‘Brentford fans can rest assured that we have undertaken significant due diligence to ensure that Christian is in the best possible shape’.