Christian Eriksen reveals ‘shock’ at Antonio Conte’s departure from Inter Milan just weeks after winning the Serie A title, as ex-Tottenham midfielder admits his future at San Siro ‘depends on which coach arrives’
- Antonio Conte left Inter Milan just weeks after they secured the Serie A title
- Midfielder Christian Eriksen admitted his ‘shock’ at the departure of the Italian manager
- Erkisen says his future in San Siro ‘depends on which coach will arrive’
- The Dane claims he is concentrating on European Championships this summer
Christian Eriksen has admitted Antonio Conte’s departure from Inter Milan was a ‘shock’ as the midfielder opened the door to a San Siro departure this summer.
Conte helped Inter end Juventus’ nine-year dominance at the Italian top by securing the title this season, but stunned fans last week by leaving the club.
And Eriksen, 29, who impressed in the final months of the Italian’s victorious campaign, has admitted he was just as surprised to hear the news of Conte’s departure.
Christian Eriksen (right) admitted his ‘shock’ at the departure of manager Antonio Conte from Inter Milan
Speak with Corriere dello SportEriksen said: ‘We knew the coach was going to talk to the club, that happened at the end of last season, but honestly it was a sporting shock.’
The midfielder initially struggled after coming from Tottenham in the January 2019-21 transfer window and fell out of favor under Conte.
But the Dane saw more minutes in the title-winning run-in, scoring three goals in their last eight Serie A games, and admitting it took time to adapt to Conte’s way of playing.
“Antonio and I have always been good friends, he saw football one way and I saw another,” he added.
The midfielder began to thrive under Conte as they secured an impressive Serie A title
“Personally there was nothing to discuss. It was about winning and we did. And finally I can thank him for winning a trophy.’
With Conte’s departure, stars such as Achraf Hakimi, Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku have been linked to moves at San Siro, and Eriksen refused to close the door himself this summer.
He was linked with a sensational return to Spurs in January, but remained in Italy to win the title.
His contract runs until 2024, but he admitted his stay at the club will depend on which manager is in charge next season.
Asked about his future, Eriksen said: “Unfortunately I don’t know what will happen and at the moment I am not focused on this, but on the European Championship.
“It will also depend on the new coach and Inter’s strategies. Technically, I would of course rather play a little more advanced than stay ahead of the defense.’
The Dane admitted his future at the club will depend on which manager is in charge next season