Christian Eriksen joins Brentdford on six-month deal

Brentford have announced the signing of the Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen on a deal until the end of the season.

He was a free agent after being released by Internazionale in mid-December because his cardiac device implant means he is suspended from playing in Italy.

Eriksen, 29, has not played since suffering a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 game with Finland on 12 June.

He was keen for a return to top-level action in the hope of going to the World Cup.

Eight of Brentford’s players are from Denmark and so is the head coach, Thomas Frank, who worked with Eriksen in the national youth team set-up.

Eriksen received lifesaving treatment on the pitch in Copenhagen and was fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator device (ICD). Serie A rules do not allow players with an ICD to compete.

“My goal is to play in the World Cup in Qatar,” Eriksen said at the start of January.

“I want to play. That’s been my mindset all along. It’s a goal, a dream. Whether I’ll be picked is another thing.”

“But it’s my dream to come back. I’m sure I can because I don’t feel any different. Physically, I’m back in top shape.”

Eriksen is not in contention for his Brentford debut in Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Everton.

“Christian has recently received his Covid-19 vaccination and, in order to comply with rules regarding entry to the UK, he will travel to west London in the coming days and will not train with Brentford this week,” the club said.

“Brentford fans can rest assured that we have undertaken significant due diligence to ensure that Christian is in the best possible shape to return to competitive football,” Phil Giles, Brentford’s director of football said.

Christian Eriksen spent six and a half seasons in the Premier League with Tottenham before joining Inter and has previously played for Ajax.

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