Christian Eriksen revealed he snubbed repeated advances from Manchester United before signing up last month.
The Denmark international joined Erik ten Hag’s side on a free transfer in July following a short-term stint with Brentford, having left Inter due to medical issues that meant he could no longer play in Italy.
The implantable cardioverter-defibrillator he had fitted after suffering cardiac arrest at the European Championship last year counted Eriksen out of a Serie A return to action.
Eriksen excelled with Thomas Frank’s Brentford side, scoring once and contributing four assists in 11 Premier League matches, leading to United’s interest.
He indicated he had previously spoken to Van Gaal, Mourinho and Solskjaer about a potential move.
He has been admired since moving to the Premier League in 2013 with Tottenham.
Eriksen told ESPN:
“I’ve spoken to every manager here at Man United to see the situation.
“But I was at Spurs at the time and couldn’t see myself playing in another English team then. So I went abroad and went to Inter.
“It’s been on the books, well, not, but it’s been spoken about.
“But, for me, it wasn’t the [right] timing, it wasn’t there, and I was at a place at Spurs for a long time.
“So I wanted to try something abroad, so I went to Inter and had a lovely time.
“But then obviously, something happened in the summer, and that changed the career path I had in mind a bit.
“And then obviously to come back to Brentford first of all.
“And then to be here is something I didn’t think could happen a year. Ago.”
Eriksen’s impressive form at Brentford led to United battling the London side for his services.
But the midfielder denied a possibility of returning to Tottenham.
“It was only talking. They never really came with anything, so it wasn’t a thing for me to go back to Tottenham at the time.
“And Man United was very positive early on, and I had good conversations.
“It was positive from the first few phone calls, and the club felt like they wanted me, so it was on for a long time.”
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