LONDON, United
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
at Spurs.

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
being there.”

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
again.”

The Dane said speculation over his future did not affect him
but that he felt he played about 30 matches that seemed 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.”

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
difficult choice.”

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