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Thomas Frank on Eriksen rumours: Anyone can play for Brentford if they fit our criteria of not being a d*ckhead

By Ben Green

Published: 14:14, 20 January 2022


Christian Eriksen has been linked with a move to Brentford after being released by Inter Milan last month.

The Denmark international is unable to play in Serie A under the league’s guidelines in which players fitted a cardioverter-defibrillator are prohibited from entering the field.

Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest whilst representing Denmark at Euro 2020, though he has since begun individual training at his youth academy team OB in Odense, with a view of possibly returning to the sport.

The Bees have emerged as front-runners to sign the former Tottenham and Ajax playmaker, a move that would see Eriksen link up with fellow countryman and former Denmark under-17 coach Thomas Frank, as well as a return to London.


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The Brentford boss recently made comments on the prospects of his side bringing Eriksen to the club, saying it’s flattering being linked with such a household name, but emphasising that ability comes second to his recruitment policy of “no d*ckheads”.

“This is a player that only plays for the top clubs,” Frank told reporters.

“Something unfortunate happened to Christian and now things changed a bit. He deserves to play at the highest level and I hope he will.

“Under normal circumstances there would be no rumours with a club like us. I guess we should be flattered that there are rumours with a player of his qualities.

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“It’s the same with all players out there – (Lionel) Messi, (Kylian) Mbappe, Eriksen. If they fit the criteria of no d***heads, they can play for us.”

It would be a remarkable comeback if Eriksen returns to football, and Frank certainly believes his compatriot has the capacity to return to his very best.

“Of course I spoke to him after the incident, but that’s a while ago, not since. It was in the autumn,” he added.

“I really hope he comes back to top football again, that is what he wants. Recently in a Danish programme he said his big aim was to play in the World Cup, I really hope he succeeds, I can’t see why he shouldn’t.

“For all Danish fans he was the biggest star before the Euros and, if he gets up to speed, he will be the biggest star again. We all want the best for him and his family.”