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Christian Eriksen reveals Erik ten Hag's role in Man Utd transfer

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Eriksen has signed for Man Utd
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Christian Eriksen has admitted that Erik ten Hag played a crucial role in his decision to join Manchester United - a move he never expected to happen, despite being linked with a switch throughout his career.

Eriksen signed for United earlier this month on a free transfer, following the expiration of his short-term Brentford deal.

The Dane joined the Bees until the end of the season after his Inter contract was terminated. This was due to him having an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator fitted after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020 last summer. This would have prevented Eriksen featuring in Serie A matches, as per competition rules.

Eriksen impressed at Brentford, registering one goal and four assists, and the west London side were keen to extend his stay. However, United beat them to Eriksen's signature, with the Dane revealing his delight at arriving at Old Trafford in an interview posted on the club's website.

"Ah, very new! It’s weird, I never thought it would actually happen, so to be here, like you say being a Manchester United player, it’s very special," Eriksen revealed. "Because I think from my career path before the incident in the Euros, the planning wasn’t to go back to the UK at all.

"I was thinking my time to go to Manchester United was before! Obviously, then I was at Spurs, and then went to Italy, but now to sit here is definitely something that I didn’t expect, but I'm also very happy that I’m here. It feels good, it feels good to be here."

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Eriksen went on to reveal that new manager Ten Hag had played a significant role in convincing him to move to Man Utd this summer.

"Very. I want to come here to play football, I don’t come here just for the logo itself, I want to come here and play," he said.

"Obviously to speak with the manager and hear his ideas and have conversations with him on the football terms was great and ideal for me to get the decision and the possibility of coming to Manchester United."