Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has revealed he spoke to fellow Dane Christian Eriksen to get an idea about life under new manager Antonio Conte.
It was Conte who brought Eriksen to Inter in January 2020, but the midfielder didn't always find minutes easy to come by. He started just eight games in his first six months, followed by a further 17 in the title-winning 2020/21 campaign.
With those experiences in mind, Hojbjerg revealed he has spoken with Eriksen and another of Conte's former players, Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen, to gauge what life under the Italian is really like.
“Obviously I knew him, like the rest of the world, but not personally,” he told TV3. “I talked about him with Christian Eriksen, who had him at Inter, and with Andreas Christensen, who crossed paths with him at Chelsea.
“Now with Conte the moment looks positive, because he has a direct and clear manner, on and off the pitch. As a player that is motivating.”
Hojbjerg is not the only Spurs player to have done a little personal research about Conte as left-back Sergio Reguilon confessed to using his own connections to get a little head-start.
"I have to see many videos with the staff to do what they want on the pitch," he told the Evening Standard. "I’m enjoying the position a lot because I can attack more but I have to run double!
“I’ve watched a lot of videos of Chelsea and Inter, and I have a friend at Inter, Achraf Hakimi, who I spoke to about the gaffer. He told me I will improve a lot under him and I want to do that as soon as possible. He said I will have to work really, really hard but I will improve a lot. In one week, I can already see that."
The pair both started Conte's first Premier League game, lining up in a 3-4-3 setup as Spurs were held to a goalless draw with Everton.