Brentford have offered Christian Eriksen a long-term contract and are now awaiting his response.
The bees have been in talks with the Danish national for several weeks to extend his success in West London.
Eriksen returned to football with them after a heart attack last year, signing a short-term contract from January until the end of the season.
He is believed to once again feel settled in London and comfortable at the club, where he is surrounded by Danes, including head coach Thomas Frank.
However, Eriksen said he wanted to play in the Champions League again and was intrigued by Tottenham boss Antonio Conte’s comments about being potentially welcomed back to the club.
It is questionable whether Eriksen is still back at the level needed to enter the Italian’s first VI, and the Spurs have already committed to Rodrigo Bentancourt, who holds the same position in Conte’s system.
Eriksen would undoubtedly be an advantage for the team, but at the age of 30 and after his ordeal, he wants to play regular matches that Brentford can provide for him.
Other clubs are showing interest, but Brentford hopes that this and the strong roots he has in London will give them an advantage in the race.
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One of the stories of the season was Eriksen’s return to professional football. And he didn’t look back when he went out on the field. Brentford have won more (seven) in the 10 games they have started than in the 28 games they have not started (six) and their goal ratio has doubled.
Eriksen ranked third in the odds division and advanced to the final third of his first start on March 5th. Whether staying or leaving, Brentford must find another player who can combine defense and attack.
Eriksen: It was a difficult year, but I’m so happy to be back
Eriksen has been pondering his way back to health for almost a year after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark against Finland in Euro 2020, saying he was “so happy to be back”.
Denmark trained on Thursday before opening its UEFA League of Nations campaign against defending champions France in Paris.
The 30-year-old midfielder has played two games for his country since joining Brentford in the Premier League in late January, scoring both goals against the Netherlands and Serbia, while helping the Bees secure the final.
“I think the first miracle started when I was rescued on the field, that’s the first thought,” he said. “After that, there was obviously a lot of communication with the doctors, a check-up at the hospital and getting everything to come back to play football.
“The first thought, of course, was to return to a normal life, to be a father, to be a boyfriend, to be a married man, and then came football. Fortunately, the doctors didn’t say or see anything that might not allow me to come back and be fully fit to play again.
“It was a trip, but like you said, a year has passed, it’s been a difficult but good year to come back and play football again. It’s something I wanted to do when I could, so I’m glad to be back.”
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