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Brentford complete the signing of Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen completes his return to football – just over seven months after he suffered a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 – as Danish midfielder signs contract with Premier League club Brentford until the end of the season

  • Christian Eriksen has finally put pen-to-paper on a shock move to Brentford
  • The Dane suffered a cardiac arrest against Finland at Euro 2020 last June  
  • 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 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. 

Eriksen himself spoke of his delight at joining, saying in a video: ‘Hi everyone, it’s Christian Eriksen. I’m happy to announce I’ve signed for Brentford Football Club. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully I’ll see you all very soon.’  

The Dane, as he played for his country against Finland on June 12 last year, collapsed after 41 minutes and received CPR on the pitch, with visibly distressed team-mates surrounding him as fans watched on in horror.  

A few days later, Eriksen posted a picture of himself in hospital saying he was ‘fine under the circumstances’ and he was fitted with the ICD before being released. 

After leaving Inter, Eriksen began individual training at his youth team, OB in Odense, Denmark, and then with Dutch club Ajax’s reserve team – and now he has completed a sensational return to professional football in the English top-flight, two years after quitting Spurs. 

The 29-year-old left Inter by mutual consent as rules in Italy prevented him from playing with a implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) device fitted

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

Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 meeting with Finland last year

Eriksen (pictured with girlfriend Sabrina Kvist Jensen and their son Alfred, centre, and daughter, right) has joined Brentford on a short-term deal until the end of the season

Eriksen (pictured with girlfriend Sabrina Kvist Jensen and their son Alfred, centre, and daughter, right) has joined Brentford on a short-term deal until the end of the season 

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.’  

Brentford said Eriksen, who has been capped 109 times for Denmark, completed the details of his transfer from Amsterdam and will join up with the club in the coming days.

Visibly distressed Denmark team-mates surrounding Eriksen as he received CPR last June

Visibly distressed Denmark team-mates surrounding Eriksen as he received CPR last June 

Thomas Frank will reunite with Eriksen who he managed when in charge of Denmark's U17 side

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

He was released by Inter Milan due to Italian rules preventing him from playing in Serie A

‘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’.

Eriksen’s former club Tottenham also tweeted after news of his return to the Premier League, saying: ‘It’s good to see you back in the Premier League.’  

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Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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