Christian Eriksen could refuse to extend his Brentford career and sign for Tottenham – or even Arsenal, talkSPORT has been told.
Eriksen was forced to leave Inter Milan in December after he had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator fitted following the incident – leaving him without a club.
This was until he was offered another chance at top flight football by compatriot Thomas Frank at Brentford back in January, just seven months after his heart attack.
He’s helped guide them away from the relegation zone with one goal and two assists in seven appearances.
Now, as Eriksen’s current deal with the west London outfit runs down, speculation over his future has begun.
“I would love to say that I am confident, I am very positive and very hopeful that he [Eriksen] will stay but it will be a decision at the end of the season,” Frank said ahead of his side’s game against Manchester United.
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“…I hope Christian makes the right choice for him and his family and I really hope it will be us.”
But whilst the expectation is for the midfielder to sign a new deal with the Bees as a way of showing his gratitude for the opportunity, Simon Jordan isn’t so sure.
Jordan was alongside Jim White and Arsenal Invincible Martin Keown on talkSPORT’s White and Jordan show, and the trio were discussing this season’s best Premier League managers.
The conversation turned to giving special mentions to bosses outside the top six, and Brentford’s Frank, and what he’s done for Eriksen, soon came to the forefront of the debate.
“I do hope, and I said this the other day, that Eriksen remembers who gave him an opportunity,” talkSPORT pundit Jordan said.
“Of course, Brentford can afford to pay him significant money and I hope at the end of the season that Brentford are able to retain him if they want to, which I’m sure they will do, and Eriksen isn’t saying ‘well thank you very much for that leg up, but I’m off.”
White then attempted to refute that there was a chance the Denmark international would leave the Bees in the lurch.
However, Jordan explained that whilst Eriksen has served Brentford well so far, history shows he’s not afraid to force a move elsewhere – regardless of his affinity with the club he’s leaving behind.
“Well, he agitated to get out of Tottenham, didn’t he, so he is that type of player,” Jordan added.
“He was very keen to get out of Tottenham to go to [Inter] Milan when he wanted to go there.
“He’s done a fabulous job. Brentford were hitting a little patch at the time [he arrived], like all promoted sides do.
“So with that in mind he gave them that extra little bit of Vitamin C, that bit of energy, that bit of focus and a bit of quality.”
Eriksen left north London in 2020 following a six-and-a-half year spell there with just six months remaining on his contract with the desire to experience a new challenge at a different club – something that stirred up controversy within the Tottenham fan base.
After Jordan brought this up, co-host Keown agreed that whilst Eriksen might opt to show his gratitude to Frank, he may want to push for a return to a team higher up the league.
Former club Tottenham, who are managed by his ex-Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, are likely to be interested, while Keown also suggested another shock name..
“I think he [Eriksen] would step aside [at Brentford] if he could return back to a Spurs, or an Arsenal, somebody of that ilk,” he said.
“Maybe he deserves that opportunity… Maybe the player might decide with all that love and support I’ve got here [at Brentford] I’m going to stay at Brentford.”
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