Seven months after he collapsed in a European Championship match between Denmark and Finland, victim of cardiac arrest, the English club Brentford signed Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen on a deal for the remainder of the season and, if things go well, he could be offered a contract until June 2023.
On January 24, the English media Evening Standard reported that Eriksen would agree to a six-month contract with Brentford, with the option of extending it for another year, but the move would depend on whether he completed an extensive medical examination that included a cardiologist’s review. On the 31st of the same month, his contract with said club became official.
The midfielder The 29-year-old hasn’t played since suffering cardiac arrest last June and became a free agent in December. After having a defibrillator fitted to regulate his heart rhythm, his contract at Inter Milan was terminated because such devices are not allowed in Serie A, according to regulations from the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI).
According to The Sporting News, Eriksen had an $11 million-a-year contract with Inter until the summer of 2024, but the terms of his termination were not disclosed. In addition to his salary, the Italian team paid more than 22 million in a transfer fee to Tottenham Hotspur to acquire him in January 2020.
The portal Transfermarkt The soccer player’s current value is estimated at 16.8 million dollars, however, his highest value was 112 million in 2019.
Motivated to play for the Danish national team at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, Eriksen wanted to return to European football, but his options were limited due to his medical condition and his time away from the game.
The Premier League It was the place that opened the doors for him. The Football Association (FA), the governing body of this sport in England, took the position of not intervening directly in the player’s decision, as it stated in a statement that “they would not prohibit someone from playing based on a heart screen”, but it is “an individual decision that the footballer makes with the support and advice of those who are responsible for his medical well-being”.
Brentford, on the other hand, are in a battle to avoid relegation, sitting 14th in the English league just eight points off the limit, so they could use the midfielder’s talent for “dictating the tempos of a match.” , find good passes” and be a “threat in front of goal”, as manager Thomas Frank put it.
Phil Giles, director of football at Eriksen’s new destination, explained that the process of signing him was longer than most transfers. Due to his condition, he had to undergo timely medical check-ups that could guarantee his well-being and continue with the agreement.
“I understand that many people will have questions about the process. In order to respect Christian’s medical confidentiality, we will not go into detail. Brentford fans can be assured that we have done significant due diligence to ensure that Christian is in the best possible shape to return to competitive football,” said Giles.
During his time off the pitch, the Dane has worked on getting his fitness back on track, spending time training alone at his old club Odense and was seen practicing at Chiasso in Switzerland. On January 25, Ajax Amsterdam, where he began his professional career, announced that Christian was training with the reserve team until he found a new destination.
“He hasn’t trained with a team for seven months, but he’s done a lot of work on his own. He’s fine, but we’ll need him to be fit for the games. I look forward to seeing him work with the players and staff to get back to his highest level.”