Saturday, 1 February 2020

Eriksen told me he was going to leave - Jose Mourinho

Eriksen told me he was going to leave - Jose Mourinho, Jose Mourinho revealed the discussion he had with Christian Eriksen

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has open up on why he didn't play Christian Eriksen that much before the Denmark International move to Seria A.

Eriksen who completed a move to Inter Milan last week has been in the club for seven years and it was clear he wanted a new challenge elsewhere when he made his desire to leave the club known to the board.

Jose Mourinho has now revealed Eriksen made it known to him he was going to sign a deal with the club when he [Mourinho] joined the club in November.

'For a long time, we knew,' Mourinho said.

'We didn’t tell because of a moral agreement with him but from the first day I arrived, he told me he was not going to sign.'

'So then it was an experienced and intelligent way for me and Mr. [Daniel] Levy to manage the situation.'

'For me, to try to have still a player without great motivations but still a player with a good sense of professionalism and respect for the club to give us what he could.'

'And Mr. Levy on the business side managed to do a great deal with six months on his contract.'

'I tried to persuade Toby [Alderweireld] when Toby told me he was having some doubts but Christian told me the decision was made and no way [did I try to persuade him]. From that moment, I was just trying to build the team without him.'

'That was the reason why I didn’t play him many, many times. At the same time, Christian being a good professional and having respect for the club and his teammates I knew that with some limitations – there are always limitations with a player in his situation – that until his last day he tried to help the team and be a positive guy in the dressing room, which he was.'

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