Christian Eriksen’s collapse left many fearing for his life, with Marcus Rashford among those praying for his health, now midfielder could call him a teammate in new era at Manchester United under Erik ten Hag July 4, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Christian Eriksen’s return to football following his collapse at Euro 2020 is astonishing enough – but now he could be on the verge of signing for one of the Premier League giants.
The former Spurs midfielder helped turn Brentford‘s season around after signing on deadline day in January, providing four assists across his six-month stint and was a key man in the demolition of Chelsea.
But just over a year ago, Eriksen‘s chances of ever kicking a ball again looked slim.
The Denmark international suddenly collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for his country against Finland in their opening game of Euro 2020 last summer.
He survived as a result of fast and expertly-delivered CPR along with the use of an on-site defibrillator, much to the sheer relief of many onlookers who feared the absolute worst.
Eriksen was later fitted with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) which will automatically restore his heart’s rhythm should a concerning pattern develop again.
However, it wasn’t rosy just yet.
Following the fitting of the device, Eriksen – then playing for Inter – was no longer allowed to play for the Serie A side, as players with significant heart abnormalities are banned from competing in Italy.
With the likes of Manchester City hero Sergio Aguero having to retire in December due to heart problems, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if Eriksen also hung up his boots.
But in January, Brentford gave the star midfielder a chance, and the 30-year-old has been edging closer and closer to being back to his best ever since.
So much so that he could be playing for one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs as soon as next season.
Eriksen made a name for himself in England after his seven year spell with Tottenham, scoring 69 goals and making 90 assists in 305 games.
Now, reports suggest he is heading to Old Trafford where Erik ten Hag has begun a new era at United.
And given Ten Hag will need to rebuild the Red Devils’ midfield with Paul Pogba and Juan Mata both leaving, Eriksen could be the perfect investment for United.
When he was fighting for his life last June, United forward Marcus Rashford was among those praying he would pull through.
He’s done more than that and could soon call each other teammates, with Eriksen even hoping to play at the World Cup later this year.
“That’s been my mindset all along. It’s a goal, a dream,” he told Danish station DR1 in early January.
However, despite the upcoming squad overhaul and change in manager, talkSPORT’s Gabby Agbonlahor believes the Dane should avoid going to Old Trafford after their below-par season.
“I think he’d [Eriksen] make every team better. Imagine playing with him, the runs you could make, he’d find you with his passing,” the former Aston Villa man said on Wednesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I’m sure he’s got so many options and there’s talk about Manchester United, but I don’t know about that. I think he can do better than United.”
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy isn’t sure about the move to United either, but more because he doesn’t believe he will be a regular starter.
It remains to be seen where Eriksen will be playing next season, but it’s nothing short of astounding that he is on the verge of completing a full circle back to competing in international tournaments just one year after his collapse.
And wherever he ends up at next season, his inspirational recovery will certainly go down in football history.
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