Christian Eriksen has told BBC Sport that he thought that Jose Mourinho handled the situation preceding his Tottenham Hotspur exit well, and shared what the Spurs boss told him once he had learned of Eriksen’s plans.
Eriksen left Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Inter Milan during the January transfer window. It would have been a relief for many given that the Dane’s future was the subject of speculation for a long time.
BBC Sport reports that his contract expired in the summer, but Inter agreed to pay £16.9 million to bring him to San Siro during last month’s window.
He started just six games following Mourinho’s appointment. In his press conferences, the Tottenham boss was willing to praise Eriksen but also tended to express his frustration at the situation (via Football London).
But following his departure, Eriksen has suggested that he was pleased with how Mourinho dealt with his exit, and disclosed how the Portuguese reacted to his decision to move on.
“I think Mourinho did well. He could have said ‘he wants to leave, so he is not going to play any more’. He didn’t do that,” he told BBC Sport.
“After I told him where my feelings were and what I would like to do, he told me just to be happy and if I was needed I would play. I was needed in a few games where I did make a difference. It was more as an extra rather than in the starting XI of course.”
TBR View: January exit a blessing
It seems likely that most involved will be only too happy to draw a line. The situation cannot have been ideal for Tottenham or Eriksen.
Spurs did not see the best of the 27-year-old during the first-half of the season. And it seems more than likely that the uncertainty was a big reason for his underwhelming form.
It ensured a sad end to what will be looked back upon as a fantastic spell in the Premier League for Eriksen.
But for many, it will be a relief that the completion of the final chapter came in January.