Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed Chelsea’s interest in him when he was a teenager, as per Squawka.
The Danish midfielder was playing for Odense when former Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen targeted him.
The then 14 year old had a trial at Chelsea but the player rejected moving to Stamford Bridge as he felt the move was to big for him.
“Me and Rasmus Falk, my teammate from kids football and also Odense, went to Chelsea on trial,” Eriksen said. “I also went back the next year and had to think what I wanted.
“I played three games at under-18s — versus Millwall, West Ham and some other team. We ate together with first-team players and you see Jose Mourinho and Didier Drogba walking around.
“But the whole thing was really different to Denmark where everyone goes in and everyone goes out, no problem. Relaxed. Chelsea, boom, the door closes behind you and stays closed. It would be too big a step for me as a person back then.”
The midfielder subsequently had trials at Barcelona and AC Milan but he rejected moving to any of those clubs and opted for a team where he had the better chance of making it into the first team.
Eriksen then moved to Ajax before finally moving to the Premier league to join Tottenham. He joined Tottenham in 2013 and has featured in 69 league games for spurs and has scored 19 goals.