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Here is how Ajax roots paved course to Manchester United


It was throughout the first days of January 2020 when Christian Eriksen got a call from John Steen Olsen, Ajax's renowned Scandinavian scout who initially watched the Denmark midfielder when Eriksen was a 13-year-old. "I called him and stated: 'You know that Ajax is always there for you,'" Steen Olsen informed the club's site. "He stated he would like to however only when he is a little older."

In the week that Steen Olsen, described by Zlatan Ibrahimovic as his "real dad", retired after 25 years' service at Ajax, Eriksen has chosen to become part of Erik 10 Hag's Manchester United rebuild. 10 Hag is a former Ajax manager and, like many of his predecessors, worked closely with Steen Olsen, a former Denmark forward who was selected by Morten Olsen in 1997 and signed a life time contract with the Dutch club in 2015.

Steen Olsen's departure at the age of 79 on 1 July marked the end of a period at Ajax after he played a part in bringing both Laudrup siblings to Amsterdam in the twilight of their careers and continued the club's longstanding Scandinavian association by searching players such as Ibrahimovic, Jesper Grønkjær and Kasper Dolberg among numerous others. However he has actually always ranked Eriksen as his biggest discovery after notoriously persuading the then sporting director Danny Blind to take a trip to Denmark to sign the 16-year-old from Odense after Eriksen's dad had refused to enable his son to participate in a trial in 2008. "I forced the Ajax management to come," Steen Olsen has actually said. "Otherwise, others would have taken him."

United were amongst those to reveal an interest in the teenage prodigy who went on to be the youngest player to appear at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, although it was Chelsea, Milan and Barcelona who each took Eriksen on a week's trial prior to him getting selected at Ajax.

" At Chelsea, there were two gates that were protected by security personnel 24 hours a day. It made me understand just how huge the club was," Eriksen recalled in an interview with "That made me back off a little. As a quiet Middelfart boy, it was a totally different world."

After Eriksen made his Ajax debut quickly before his 18th birthday in January 2010, the club agreed to spend for the building and construction of a "Cruyff Court" - a little all-weather pitch developed for abilities training-- in a place of his choice. He chose a site between his old-fashioned and former club in Middelfart, a town at the gateway to Funen, Denmark's third-largest island.

Tottenham were the recipients of Eriksen's choice to enable his contract to enter its final 12 months before he left Ajax for just ₤ 11m in 2013, but his bond with the club has actually remained strong through his friendship with Steen Olsen. During his final weeks at Spurs, Eriksen confided in his mentor about his frustration at being omitted from the side after asking for a transfer the previous summer. Tottenham's chairman, Daniel Levy, had actually refused to countenance deals from several clubs including José Mourinho's United over the previous 18 months but eventually enabled him to sign up with Internazionale on a rewarding four-and-a-half-year deal worth a reported EUR10m a season.

Although Eriksen was part of the Inter squad that ended the club's Scudetto dry spell in 2021 under Antonio Conte, he never quite reached the heights expected of him in Milan and was not a regular starter under the now-Tottenham manager. The defibrillator fitted after Eriksen's cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020 implied he was no longer allowed to play in Serie A and led to a short-term reunion with Thomas Frank at Brentford, who coached him for Denmark's youth sides.

" Fortunately, he is entirely himself once again, and possibly even much better now," said Steen Olsen, thinking back to the moment when Eriksen stated he had "craved five minutes" after collapsing against Finland. "Admittedly I was shocked when I remained in Parken and saw what took place. I have extremely strong sensations for Christian."

It was at Ajax that Eriksen had started his road to healing in January, training with the reserves while Ten Hag was at the helm. "I am extremely delighted to be here," he said at the time. "At Ajax I understand the people; it feels like coming home because I was here for so long."

Spurs and Newcastle made clear they wished to sign Eriksen on a complimentary transfer this summer after some fantastic performances for Brentford that directed them to 5 triumphes in his very first seven starts last season, however Ten Hag's consultation by United at the end of April showed to be important. Brentford wanted to smash their wage structure in an attempt to convince him to stay in more familiar surroundings however the temptation to follow in the steps of Jesper Olsen-- another former Ajax player-- John Sivebæk and Peter Schmeichel and become the 6th Dane to move to Old Trafford proved too strong.

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