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Christian Eriksen has signed a deal with Premier League club Brentford
Christian Eriksen has signed a deal with Premier League club Brentford (Pictures: Twitter/Getty)

Christian Eriksen ‘can’t wait to get started’ after completing a fairytale return to the Premier League with Brentford.

The former Tottenham midfielder has signed a six-month deal in west London but will be offered new terms if he impresses manager Thomas Frank.

Eriksen has not played since suffering a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 match against Finland last summer. In harrowing scenes, he was brought back to life by medical staff in front of his team-mates and fans.

The 29-year-old won the Italian league title at Inter Milan last season but he had his contract cancelled last month as players fitted with pacemakers cannot play in Serie A.

However, the Premier League does not have the same regulations and Eriksen has signed a short-term deal with Brentford, insisting he is ‘happy’ to join the club.

‘Hi everyone it’s Christian Eriksen,’ he said in a video uploaded to social media.

‘I’m happy to announce that I have signed for Brentford Football Club. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully I’ll see you all very soon.’

Brentford boss Thomas Frank worked with Eriksen while he was in charge of the Denmark U17 side and is adamant the midfielder can still make an impact in the English top-flight.

‘I am looking forward to working with Christian again,’ Frank said. ‘It has been a while since I last coached him, and a lot has happened since then.

‘Christian was 16 at the time and has become one of the best midfield players to appear in the Premier League. He has also won trophies all over Europe and become the star of the Danish national team.

‘We have taken an unbelievable opportunity to bring a World Class player to Brentford. He hasn’t trained with a team for seven months but has done a lot of work on his own.

Eriksen left Inter Milan by mutual consent last month
Eriksen left Inter Milan by mutual consent last month (Picture: Getty)

‘He is fit but we will need to get him match fit and I am looking forward to seeing him work with the players and staff to get back towards his highest level.

‘At his best, Christian has the ability to dictate games of football. He can find the right passes and is a goal threat. He also has very, very good set piece delivery, both from corners and direct free kicks.

‘He is a player you can find with the ball, and he will come up with a solution to the problem in front of him. Christian will also bring experience of top level football to the club. I expect him to have an impact in the dressing room and at the training ground.’

Brentford director of football, Phil Giles, added: ‘We first discussed the possibility of Christian joining Brentford when we heard that he would be leaving Inter. It is fantastic that he is now with us.

‘Naturally the process of signing Christian was more elongated than most transfers. I understand that many people will have questions about the process.

‘In order to respect Christian’s medical confidentiality, we won’t be going into any details. Brentford fans can rest assured that we have undertaken significant due diligence to ensure that Christian is in the best possible shape to return to competitive football.

‘Now Christian has made the decision to sign for Brentford, all parties want to focus fully on football.

‘We are sure that Christian will make a big impact at Brentford and on the Premier League between now and the end of the season.’

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