Christian Eriksen has left Inter Milan following the termination of his contract by mutual consent. The former Tottenham playmaker has not played for the Serie A giants since last season as playing with a heart defibrillator is banned in Italy.
And Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s clash with Finland at Euro 2020, has now bid farewell to the club.
‘FC Internazionale Milano can confirm that an agreement has been reached to terminate Christian Eriksen’s contract by mutual consent,’ a statement by the club read on Friday. ‘The club and the entire Nerazzurri family wish Christian all the very best for his future.
‘Although Inter and Christian are now parting ways, the bond shall never be broken. The good times, the goals, the victories, those Scudetto celebrations with fans outside San Siro – all this will remain forever in Nerazzurri history.’
Eriksen received life-saving treatment on the pitch at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium last summer before being taken to a nearby hospital, where he was fitted with an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator).
The ICD is connected to the heart by wires and sends an electrical pulse in order to correct irregular rhythms.
Rules in Italy state that people with a defibrillator like Eriksen has are not allowed to play contact sport. But the 29-year-old could theoretically continue his career in another country, with different rules.
The Danish midfielder made 60 appearances for Inter since joining the club from Tottenham in January 2020. He helped the Italian side win their first Serie A title in 11 years last season.
During his time playing in England, Eriksen turned out over 300 times for Spurs in a six-and-a-half year spell in north London.
Eriksen recently resumed training in Denmark at Odense Boldklub, the club where he started his career.
Eriksen’s ties to Odense are strong having been at the club before moving to join Ajax in Holland at the age of 16. Odense is convenient also as Eriksen is said to have a house close to the training ground where he lives with his girlfriend and two children.