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Spurs signing happy with City snub

Christian Eriksen is glad he snubbed City's approach

By | 23rd September 2013
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New Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has stood by his decision to snub Manchester City last summer, pointing towards his increased playing time at White Hart Lane since moving to Tottenham. The former Ajax midfielder revealed that Roberto Mancini’s City approached him during the summer of 2012, but Eriksen decided that the time and the situation wasn’t right.

Instead, the Dane completed a bargain £11 million move to Tottenham this summer as manager Andre Villas-Boas put together a squad of international stars to replace the departing Gareth Bale. Since making the switch, Eriksen has made two Premier League starts for Spurs, including an impressive assist on his debut, and scored for the club in the Europa League last week. The Dane appears to be enjoying his time at White Hart Lane, cementing his decision to spurn City’s approach.

“It took me a while to get to England because I said no a few times. Last summer, City really wanted to sign me, but it didn’t feel right,” Eriksen said, according to Sky Sports.

“Maybe I wouldn’t have played there – I wouldn’t go to a club just to stay on the subs’ bench. I didn’t feel ready for a league like the Premier League, and now it looks like I moved at the right time.

“A lot of players moved from Ajax in the last year and it gave me responsibility and made me grow. It made me better. It was exciting there, but you have to wait for the right club to come along. I read about the history of Spurs and have seen games over the years. I know a bit about the club, they like a bit of creativity.”

After missing out on Eriksen, Manchester City instead signed midfielder Fernandinho this summer. The Brazilian was influential alongside Yaya Toure on Sunday during the club’s 4-1 rout of Manchester United, while Eriksen’s Spurs side beat Cardiff City 1-0 on a dramatic stoppage time winner from Brazilian Paulinho, who also signed for the club this summer.

Eriksen will likely sit out tomorrow’s Capital One Cup clash against Aston Villa, having played 89 minutes against Cardiff just yesterday.

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