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Inter Milan new boy Christian Eriksen told Jose Mourinho there was ‘no way’ he would stay at Tottenham

Jose Mourinho has revealed Christian Eriksen told him there was ‘no way’ he would stay at Tottenham.

The 27-year-old, who had less than six months left on his Spurs deal, joined Inter Milan in a £17million deal on Tuesday.

Christian Eriksen made his Inter Milan debut on Wednesday

Spurs responded by taking up an option to make Giovani Lo Celso’s loan move permanent from Real Betis, while bringing in Steven Bergwijn for £25million from PSV Eindhoven.

Mourinho praised Eriksen’s attitude in his final months as a Tottenham player.

He said: “The day I arrived he told me he was not going to sign.

“Christian told me the decision was made and there was no way. From that moment I was just trying to build the team without him. That was the reason why I didn’t play him many, many times.

Jose Mourinho only worked with Christian Eriksen for two months

“It was down to me and [Tottenham chairman] Mr [Daniel] Levy to manage the situation in an intelligent way.

“For me, to try to have a player without great motivations but with a good sense of professionalism to give us what he could and for Mr Levy to do a great deal with six months on his contract.

“Christian was a good guy in the dressing room. Always positive and always respectful with the limitations of somebody that wants to leave because there are always limitations in this situation.

“You could feel in some matches he was not Christian. That is normal.”

Eriksen made his Inter Milan debut as a second-half substitute in a Coppa Italia win over Fiorentina on Wednesday.

And he looks set to make his Serie A bow when Inter travel to Udinese on Sunday.


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