Eriksen caps remarkable comeback by joining ‘special’ Man Utd

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MANCHESTER, UK, July 15Christian Eriksen has said he opted to join Manchester United on a free transfer because the Old Trafford club is “special”.

Eriksen signed a three-year contract with United on Friday after an impressive loan spell with Brentford in the second half of last season.

The 30-year-old’s move to United completes an incredible comeback after his brush with death last year.

Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest on the pitch in Copenhagen while playing for Denmark in the European Championship and was forced to leave Inter Milan after recovering due to Serie A health regulations.

Eriksen, fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, proved his form and fitness while on loan at Brentford in the second half of last season.

He played 11 times in the Premier League for the Bees, scoring once and providing four assists.

Eriksen has been pursued by several other teams but, despite their recent struggles, it was too hard to resist the lure of playing for such a historic global giant.

“Manchester United are a special club, and I can’t wait to get started,” Eriksen said.

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“I’ve had the privilege of playing at Old Trafford on several occasions, but to do it in United’s red shirt will be an incredible feeling.”

Eriksen has experience working with United manager Erik Ten Hag after training with Ajax as part of his return to football following cardiac arrest.

Ten Hag, who took charge of United at the end of the season after leaving the Dutch champions, is looking to revamp his new team after finishing a disappointing sixth in the Premier League last season.

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“I’ve seen Erik’s work at Ajax and I know the level of detail and preparation he and his team put in every day. It’s clear he’s a fantastic coach,” added Eriksen.

“After speaking with him and learning more about his vision and the way he wants the team to play, I’m even more excited for the future.

“I still have big ambitions in the game, there’s so much I know I can achieve, and this is the perfect place to continue my journey.”

United director of football John Murtough believes the move for Eriksen will bring experience and class to Ten Hag’s midfield.

“Christian has been one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe throughout his career,” Murtough said.

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“It’s no surprise he’s had so many options this summer, so we’re really happy he’s convinced this is the right club for him.

“In addition to his exceptional technique, Christian will add valuable experience and leadership skills to the team and we look forward to seeing the benefits of these qualities on the pitch this coming season and beyond.”

Eriksen is Ten Hag’s second signing following the arrival of Dutch left-back Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord.

Ten Hag is also said to be close to an agreement with Argentinian defender Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.

However, United’s plans for the new season have been disrupted by reports Cristiano Ronaldo is keen to leave the club after failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Ronaldo missed the start of United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, with Eriksen also not expected to take part in the trip.


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