“Life always has surprises in store for us, both bad and good, which is why it deserves to be lived. » This meaningful quote, which we owe to the French writer Jérôme-Arnaud Wagner, corresponds perfectly to the story of Christian Eriksen (30 years old). The Danish attacking midfielder has just committed to the legendary club Manchester United for the next three years. A news embellishing a little more the fabulous destiny of the former Ajax player.
A cardiac arrest that petrifies the world of football
Because yes, on June 12, 2021, already, during a Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland, in Copenhagen, Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsed, in fact the victim of a heart attack. There followed long minutes of concern in his entourage but also within the football world, which was quickly moved by the situation of the elegant Danish. Fortunately, the news is quickly good and reassuring about his state of health.
A big question mark remains on the other hand on the rest of his career. How to recover from such a shock? Especially since the doctors tell him that he will have to have a pacemaker implanted. No problem for Eriksen, who, from the outset, is in a positive logic and proclaims his desire to play ball again as soon as possible. The proof: at the beginning of December 2021, he is already back on the OB Odense facilities, on his land.
What better than England to revive?
If he wants to find the gratin, Christian Eriksen knows that a departure from Italy, where the practice of high-level sport with a pacemaker is prohibited, is inevitable. His contract with Inter Milan, which he had joined from Tottenham in January 2020, is in this sense terminated on December 17, 2021. The native of Middelfart is reassured very quickly: his former club, Ajax, is quoted as a potential starting point to relaunch his career. The Lancers even open the doors to training for him to keep in shape.
But it is ultimately another country he knows well that ends up welcoming him with open arms on the last day of the 2022 winter transfer window. Brentford, promoted to the Premier League, convinces Christian Eriksen, the former Spurs metronome, to join to ensure the maintenance mission. Two weeks after his return to England, here he is already on the meadow, during a friendly victory against Southend United (3-2) where he distinguished himself with an assist. But the big emotional moment came on February 26 when, in the 52nd minute of a league match between Brentford and Newcastle (0-2), the Dane made his comeback to competition to a rousing ovation from the Brentford Community Stadium, more than seven months after his cardiac arrest.
Eriksen shines with Brentford and everyone agrees, United take the lead
The least we can say is that he did not come to the London Borough of Hounslow to do some extras. Those who did not believe his return for a moment were simply disillusioned. Very quickly, the No. 21 from Brentford won his place in the team led by his compatriot Thomas Frank. Legs on the lawn, he connects the quality services and is above all decisive, actively participating in the relatively early acquisition of the maintenance of the Bees. The figures partly confirm these statements, since he scored 1 goal and offered 4 “assists” in 11 appearances in the Premier League, without forgetting that he found the Danish Dynamites in March.
Logically enough to attract the attention of the biggest teams in Her Majesty’s Kingdom, convinced after this short freelance with the promoted, that Christian Eriksen can still bring a lot to the highest level. A situation that obviously does not escape Antonio Conte, his former coach wishing to bring him back to Tottenham. But at the same time, Erik ten Hag and Manchester United enter the dance, while Brentford remain hopeful of extending their star. After several weeks of reflection and negotiations, Chrstian Eriksen finally opts for the Red Devils. The man with 115 caps (38 goals) with Denmark is thus preparing to repress European lawns (the Europa League) with the Man United jersey, he who confessed “Always have big ambitions in the game” to be known “that this is the ideal place to continue [s]we travel. » Ideal to continue to write beautiful lines to his incredible comeback, which will be a milestone in football history.