‘I got the blame for a lot, for being the bad guy’: Christian Eriksen claims he was a ‘black sheep’ at Tottenham for letting his contract run down before joining Inter Milan for £17m
- Christian Eriksen joined Inter Milan from Tottenham in a £17m deal in January
- The Danish midfielder would have been out of contract at Spurs in the summer
- Last summer, he revealed he was ready for a new challenge away from Spurs
- Following his move to Inter, Eriksen claimed he felt like a ‘black sheep’ at Spurs
Christian Eriksen says his decision to run down his contract made him a ‘black sheep’ at Tottenham.
The 27-year-old midfielder joined Inter Milan last month for a fee of £17million.
The Dane would have been out of contract in the summer and had been linked with a move away from north London since last summer, when he revealed he was ready for a new challenge in the wake of Spurs’ Champions League final defeat.
Christian Eriksen finally departed Tottenham in January to join Inter Milan for £17million
‘England, for the last few years, was very hectic,’ Eriksen told BBC Sport. ‘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.
The Dane has claimed he felt like a ‘black sheep’ at Tottenham for letting his contract run down
‘I wouldn’t say it affected me. In England, when your contract is shorter, it is like you have to leave now. You are gone. In the end I played about 30 games that were like goodbye games.
‘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.
‘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.’
Eriksen made a massive 305 appearances for Spurs following his arrival from Ajax in 2013