Kingdom- Christian Eriksen says his decision to run down his contract at
Tottenham made him a “black sheep” at the Premier League club.
The 27-year-old midfielder joined Inter Milan last month for
a fee of around £17 million ($22 million), ending his six-and-a-half year stay
The Dane would have been out of contract at the end of this
season and had been linked with a move away from London since revealing he was
ready for a new challenge after Spurs’ Champions League final defeat to
Liverpool in June.
That admission prompted some fans to turn on him.
“I did get the blame for a lot of stuff, for being the
bad guy,” he told BBC Sport. “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
Eriksen said there was a sense of relief in starting a new
chapter in Italy.
“England, for the last few years, was very
hectic,” he added. “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
The Dane said speculation over his future did not affect him
but that he felt he played about 30 matches that seemed like “goodbye
“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
Eriksen confirmed there had been talks with Manchester
United but said a move to Old Trafford was never likely.
“It just came down to wanting to try a new challenge in
a new country,” he said. “Once Inter came up it really wasn’t a