Christian Eriksen has made it clear he does not intend to sit on the bench under Antonio Conte at Inter Milan amid suggestions Tottenham are keeping tabs on their former attacking midfielder. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says Spurs are “still thinking to” the Dane, who left the club to move to Italy in January.
With just six months left of his contract, Eriksen joined Serie A giants Inter for a fee of around £17million, ending a seven-year spell with Spurs.
But the 28-year-old playmaker has since made only nine league starts under ex-Chelsea boss Conte at San Siro despite penning a lucrative contract.
Romano claims in conversations with Inter over Tanguy Ndombele and Milan Skriniar in the summer transfer window, Spurs briefly explored the possibility of Eriksen coming back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And Eriksen insists that he wants to be playing regularly at Inter this season following a difficult first nine months at the club, hinting he could leave if he does not get regular game time.
“I don’t want to sit on the bench for the whole season. I hope this isn’t the coach’s or the club’s intention,” he said while on international duty.
“There will be an incredible number of matches in a short time, and now we also have three national team matches in a few days.
“The Champions League starts when we get back to their respective clubs, so there will be a lot of games to play.
“I’m sure I’ll probably have my minutes. So it depends a lot on the people on the outside and I myself expect this moment to come.
“I find myself at a point where perhaps I had never been in a club team before. I got off to a great start after arriving at Inter in January and tried to show off… then we stopped because of coronavirus and it went little up and down.
“People’s thinking and expectations of me as a player is to be decisive in every game, and that wasn’t the case. That’s why people from the outside look at me differently now.
“Obviously you become less patient when you have experience and have tried different things… in the end it is always unpleasant to sit on the bench.”
Asked about deadline day rumours linking him to Borussia Dortmund, Eriksen added: “I have not heard anything from my agent, and if there was something around me, I would have heard it from him or the club, but there was nothing.
“I gradually got used to the fact that a lot is written in the press. What is true and what is not true, I cannot answer.
“I only know what I was told and there was nothing concrete. So Monday was just a day like any other for me, because nothing happened.”
Despite their enquiry about Eriksen in the summer, Romano believes Jose Mourinho is unlikely to add the No 10 back into his side.
That’s because Spurs re-signed winger Gareth Bale on a season-long loan from Real Madrid with the Welshman, when fit, to play alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min up top.
That has seen Dele Alli fall by the wayside and Eriksen may struggle to break up the trident were he to return.
“This one I know, Tottenham fans will get crazy but there was a chance to see Christian Eriksen back to Tottenham this summer,” Romano told the Here We Go podcast.
“On July, it was the start of July, when Inter Milan and Tottenham started to talk about the situation of [Tanguy] Ndombele and Milan Skriniar, it was really complicated from day one.