• Eriksen’s reason for rejecting United revealed

    Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen reportedly turned down offers from Manchester United and Atletico Madrid because he is desperate to join Real Madrid.

    The Denmark international is in the final year of his contract with the Premier League club and has been heavily linked with a summer exit since telling Spurs he is ready for a new challenge.

    A report in Diario Madridista claims that Eriksen turned down offers of a contract extension this summer, as well as rebuffing the advances of Atleti and United, as his preference is a switch to the Spanish capital.

    The La Liga giants are said to have been following the 27-year-old since he put in a dazzling performance against Real at the Bernabeu in the 2017-18 Champions League group stage.

    Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s demands of €150 million put them off last summer, but a late swoop before Spain’s 2 September transfer deadline remains possible a year on.

    Eriksen returned to Spurs’ starting XI for Saturday evening’s 2-2 draw with champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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