What Christian Eriksen said when asked if he was close to Manchester United move from Tottenham

Christian Eriksen has confirmed that he was never close to joining Manchester United from Tottenham despite the regular speculation.

Man United were one of Eriksen’s admirers during his time at Spurs some years ago but they failed in their bid to lure the Denmark international.

There were suggestions that United couldn’t sign the midfielder, who was reportedly wanted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, because Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy didn’t fancy selling their key players to Premier League rivals.

The Dane eventually sealed a move away from Tottenham to join Inter Milan three seasons ago and would go on to win the Serie A under Antonio Conte.

After a successful short loan spell at Brentford, Manchester United went the quickest to lure their long-term transfer target as a free agent.

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When asked if he was actually close to joining the Red Devils from Tottenham, the 30-year-old told Sky Sports: “No, not really. At the time I didn’t want to go. But this time, I had a chance and, of course, I wanted to go, and it was different.

“When I was with Spurs, there was talks [with Manchester United] back and forth, but in the end it didn’t work out.”

Manchester United are back in action on Sunday when they play visitors to Fulham at the Craven Cottage in the Premier League and Eriksen is increasingly likely to be in the team despite the World Cup a week away.