Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen signed for Brentford, of the English Premier League, seven months after the cardiac arrest he suffered in the European Football Championship, his new club announced on Monday.
The 29-year-old, who carries a pacemaker, signed a contract until the end of the 2021-22 season after having passed a medical examination, according to Brentford.
“We seized the incredible opportunity to get a world-class player at Brentford,” said Danish coach Thomas Frank, who worked with Eriksen when he was in charge of the Danish under-17 team.
“He is fit but still needs to work to get into a game and I am looking forward to seeing him work with the players and coaching staff to get back to his best,” added Frank. “When inspired, Christian can dictate the tempo of a match. He can find good passes and is also a threat in front of goal.”
Christian Eriksen and Inter Milan broke their contractual relationship in December, since the Italian authorities prohibit any professional footballer who wears a cardiac stimulator from carrying out his work in the country.
On June 12 in Copenhagen, the former Tottenham player collapsed in the middle of the match against Finland at the opening of the European Championship. The medical services revived him with a cardiac massage on the field of play.
Hospitalized, a stimulator was implanted to regulate his heart rate.
On January 25, Ajax Amsterdam – where he began his professional career – announced that Eriksen was training with the reserve team until he found a new team.
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