Eriksen set for tests at Inter to determine if career can resume

Christian Eriksen will return to Inter Milan next week for tests to see if he can continue his playing career with the club.

The Denmark international collapsed on the pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest during the nation’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on June 12.

The 29-year-old has been fitted with a defibrillator (ICD) and doctors need to be sure he can perform without this if he is to play in Serie A again.

He will undergo medical examinations at Inter to see if he can resume competition at the highest level.



Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in Denmark's opening Euro 2020 game versus Finland








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Crystal Palace head of medicine Dr. Zaf Iqbal explains the importance of defibrillators as the first of more than 2,000 Premier League-funded devices was installed

It is unlikely he will play for at least six months even if things go well, but his return to Italy means Eriksen is due to meet up with his Inter team-mates in early August.

Eriksen had helped Inter win their first Serie A title since 2010 before heading to the Euros with Denmark.

Denmark supporters display banners for Christian Eriksen, the Danish player who collapsed during the match against Finland last Saturday, June 12, during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Belgium, at the Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Wolfgang Rattay, Pool via AP)
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Denmark supporters display banners for Christian Eriksen

The former Spurs midfielder started the match against Finland, but collapsed late into the first half. He was then resuscitated and taken to the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen.

Following treatment, the Danish FA confirmed Eriksen returned home on June 18 after undergoing a successful operation to have a cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implanted.



Referee Anthony Taylor (AP)








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Former Premier League referee Lee Probert praised Anthony Taylor for his quick response when Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch at Euro 2020

In his absence, Denmark remarkably recovered from losing their opening two group games to reach the knockouts, where they eventually lost 2-1 to England after extra time in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Eriksen was pictured with a young fan at Tidvilde Strand beach in northern Denmark in early July.

PSG beat Chelsea to Hakimi signing

Wing-back Achraf Hakimi has joined Paris Saint-Germain from Inter Milan on a five-year contract.

The 22-year-old arrives at the Parc des Princes having won the 2020/21 Serie A title under Antonio Conte in his only season at Inter last term.

The Morocco international was also a transfer target for Champions League winners Chelsea, who had matched PSG’s £51.3m transfer offer for the defender. The fee that the French club will pay for Hakimi could rise to £60m.

Upon his arrival in Paris, Hakimi said: “I feel a lot of pride today. After my experiences in Spain, Germany and Italy, Paris Saint-Germain offers me the opportunity to discover a new championship under the colours of one of the most prestigious clubs in the world.

“I can’t wait to meet my new team-mates, the fans and feel the extraordinary fervour that reigns at the Parc des Princes.

“I share the same very high ambitions with the staff and the players and will do everything to give my club what it expects of me. “

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Paris Saint-Germain’s president, said: “We are happy to welcome Achraf Hakimi to Paris.

“The signing of a player of this stature shows the level of our ambitions. We continue to build something very special.

“Achraf is only 22 years old, but he’s already established himself as one of the best full-backs in the world of football, and that’s the standard we set for ourselves at the club.

“I know Achraf will have a fantastic career with us and the whole club wish him every success under our colours.”

Hakimi made 37 appearances and scored seven goals for Inter Milan last season
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Hakimi made 37 appearances and scored seven goals for Inter Milan last season on their way to the Serie A title

Hakimi becomes PSG’s third summer signing after Georginio Wijnaldum joined the French giants following the expiry of his contract at Liverpool. The club also triggered the option to make defensive midfielder Danilo Pereira’s season-long loan deal permanent.

The Ligue 1 club are also closing in on the signing of Italy international goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, whose contract at AC Milan ran out on July 1.

PSG are looking to bolster Mauricio Pochettino’s squad after they missed out on the French top-flight title to Lille and exited the Champions League at the semi-final stage last season.

Hakimi played 73 times for Borussia Dortmund and helped them to the German Supercup in 2019
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Hakimi played 73 times for Borussia Dortmund between 2018 and 2020 and helped them to the German Supercup in 2019

Wing-back Hakimi completes his move to PSG following an impressive 2020/21 season in which he made 37 Serie A appearances for Inter, scored seven times and made 10 assists on their way to their first Italian top-flight title in 11 years.

Inter need to recoup around 100m Euros (£85.5m) on player sales due to heavy financial losses, which were part of the reason behind Conte’s decision to quit as manager last month.

Hakimi joined Inter from Real Madrid for €40m (£34.3m) last summer after he spent two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund between 2018 and 2020.

Eriksen seen in public two weeks after leaving hospital

The first image of Christian Eriksen in public has emerged after he was discharged from hospital last month.

The Denmark midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during his side’s 1-0 defeat against Finland at Euro 2020 on June 12. He was resuscitated and taken to the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen.

Following treatment, the Danish FA confirmed Eriksen returned home on June 18 after undergoing a successful operation to have a cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implanted.

The 29-year-old had been resting in the city of Odense over the past few weeks but on Friday he was pictured with a young fan at Tidvilde Strand beach in northern Denmark, which is around 60km from the capital Copenhagen.

Bjorn Bindzus, who posted a selfie with Eriksen on Instagram, told Danish newspaper BT: “I was nervous and completely speechless when I had to ask about the picture. But I’m proud that I did it and I’m very happy today.

“We were at a photoshoot for a commercial when I suddenly saw him while we were having lunch. So I waited to ask him until he had finished talking to his girlfriend. And he said yes right away.

Eriksen tribute
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Tributes to Eriksen poured in from all over the world following the incident at the Parken Stadium

“I didn’t see the incident against Finland, but he looked healthy. It was really nice to see.

“I mostly watch football when the national team is playing, and here my favourite player is without a doubt Christian Eriksen. I’m proud of myself that I have that image.”

Eriksen last posted on social media two-and-a-half weeks ago from his hospital bed where he gave an update on his condition, expressed gratitude for the well wishes he had received, and gave words of encouragement for his Denmark team-mates who made it through Group B and defeated Wales in the last 16.

Kasper Hjulmand’s team beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the Euros on Saturday thanks to first-half goals from Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg.

Inter Milan interested in Bellerin to replace Hakimi

Inter Milan are interested in signing Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, Sky in Italy are reporting.

The Serie A champions want the Spanish right-back on loan with an option to buy him next summer.

Arsenal value Bellerin in the region of £17m (€20m) and Inter see him as a replacement for Paris Saint-Germain-bound Achraf Hakimi.

Inter, who have been forced into selling players to accrue funds due to the impact of Covid 19, also have an interest in Chelsea right-back Davide Zappacosta, who was on loan at Genoa last season.

Serie A winning team Inter Milan
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Achraf Hakimi – seen here about to lift the Serie A title in May – is expected to join Paris Saint-Germain

According to previous reports by Sky in Italy, Zappacosta was suggested in a cash-plus-players deal for Hakimi to join Chelsea earlier this month.

Hakimi is on the verge of joining Mauricio Pochettino at PSG, however, in deal that could rise to £60m (€70m).

The fee will bring in a significant windfall for Inter, whose title-winning manager Antonio Conte left the club due to the need to make sizeable financial cuts.

It is not clear whether or not Arsenal are willing to part with Bellerin, who made 25 Premier League appearances last season, scoring once and setting up three goals.

He is currently Arsenal’s longest-serving player, having signed for Arsene Wenger as a youth from Barcelona in 2011 and going on to make 239 senior appearances to date.

PSG to beat Chelsea in Hakimi race

Paris Saint-Germain are set to beat Chelsea to the signing of Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi.

According to Sky in Italy, PSG have submitted an improved bid of 70m Euros (£59.8m), including add-ons, and are confident of winning the race for the Morocco international.

The two clubs are locked in talks and could close a deal quickly despite Inter’s valuation remaining higher than PSG’s improved bid.

Chelsea are still in the race, but the Ligue 1 club hope that the player’s wish to move to France rather than England could make the difference.

Sky Sports News reported Chelsea and PSG both made initial 60m Euros (£51.3m) bids for Hakimi but Inter valued him at around 80m Euros (£68.4m).

Inter signed Hakimi from Real Madrid for €40m last summer after he spent two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund between 2018 and 2020.

Serie A winning team Inter Milan
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Hakimi won the Serie A title in his first season with Inter Milan

The 22-year-old was one of the league’s star performers in his first season in Italy, scoring seven goals and providing 11 assists in 45 appearances for Inter.

The Serie A champions need to recoup around 100m Euros (£85.5m) on player sales due to heavy financial losses, which were part of the reason behind Antonio Conte’s decision to quit as manager last month.

Inter confirmed on Tuesday the signing of AC Milan and Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu on a three-year deal upon the expiry of his contract with their cross-city rivals at the end of the month.

The club, now managed by former Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi, have also seen Ashley Young leave on a free transfer to rejoin boyhood club Aston Villa this month.