Inter midfielder Christian Eriksen has directed questions about his lack of game time to his manager Antonio Conte, as the Dane struggles to make an impact in his new surroundings.
The Denmark international joined Inter for around €20m in January after refusing to sign a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur. Since signing though, Eriksen has struggled to hold down a regular place and was even offered out by the Italian club during the transfer window.
During a Q&A organised by the Danish FA, via Football Italia, Eriksen answered questions sent in by fans – including one asking why he doesn’t play at San Siro.
Eriksen responded: “This must be asked to the coach.
“Call him and talk to him, because he is the one who makes decisions. Ups and downs are always there in football, there are only a few ones out there who have always highs.
“I’ve become better at not thinking about [criticism], because everyone has an opinion.
“Especially now that I’ve moved to Italy, where everyone has an opinion. It’s about trusting those around you and not hearing the rest.”
So far this season Eriksen has made six appearances for Inter, with three from the start, but he hasn’t completed 90 minutes on any occasion yet. He also hasn’t registered a single goal or assist during the current campaign.
With Conte opting for a flat midfield three between his wing-backs rather than the use of a number ten behind the strikers, Eriksen has found his opportunities limited. If his lack of game time continues as the season progresses, Eriksen will likely look to move on in January with Euro 2020 coming up in the summer.
While it’s likely too early to be his next move, Eriksen did reveal that he hopes his career comes full circle back to Denmark one day before he retires.
“I don’t rule it out. After all, we’ve also bought a house in Odense, so I think our home will be there. I might even end my career at Odense if they want me,” he said.