Inter: Eriksen a ‘great opportunity’ that simply isn’t ‘functional’

Emmet Gates
  • Emmet Gates
  • Updated: May 19, 2021, 16:43 CEST
  • 2 min read
Inter: Eriksen a ‘great opportunity’ that simply isn’t ‘functional’

Inter’s general manager Beppe Marotta has stated that Christian Eriksen’s move to the Nerazzurri from Tottenham Hotspur earlier this year was ‘a great opportunity that simply isn’t functional’.

The Italian giants signed the Dane from Spurs for just under £17 million in January, in what was termed as a major coup for Inter.

However, Eriksen has failed to settle in Italy, and his playing time has diminished under boss Antonio Conte at the beginning of this season.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia before their clash against Sassuolo, Marotta was asked about Eriksen and whether he will leave the club in the upcoming January transfer window.

“The important term is ‘functional.’ Football is full of these situations, where players are signed who are then not functional to the tactical system or team he is placed into,” said Marotta.

“We signed Eriksen in January for €20m and an excellent bargain on the transfer market, a great opportunity, but naturally the coach has to make his evaluations and has the right to choose his line-up.

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  • “If we reach January and the player does not play regularly, so asks to be sold, we will deal with the situation and do so without the slightest bit of controversy.

    “Naturally, we always try to improve and make the most of opportunities on the transfer market, but the problem is finding players who fit the team and genuinely would improve us. This was an operation on the transfer market that was positive, but simply not fully functional to the technical and tactical vision.”

    Eriksen has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, with Arsenal supposedly interested. It’s thought that Inter would be willing to sell Eriksen for around €30m (£27m) in January.

    The Dane has only played five league games for Inter this season, amounting to 211 minutes of game time.