Christian Eriksen has revealed he has been forced to live at Inter’s training ground due to the social distancing restrictions enforced in Italy in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Eriksen’s move from Spurs to Inter was confirmed at the end of the January transfer window and the Denmark international hadn’t found a home in Milan before the country went into lockdown on 9 March.
Antonio Conte’s side added several Premier League stars to their squad over the course of the season, with the former Manchester United duo of Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young also arriving in Serie A this campaign.
Eriksen explained how he ended up living in Inter’s training complex rather than moving in with a teammate, saying as quoted by The Sun: “I thought of talking to Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young, but they already had families to look after, and 14 days sleeping on someone’s sofa is too long.
“Instead, I ended up staying at the club’s training structure with a chef and five members of staff who chose to quarantine themselves in order to protect their families.”
Italy has been one of the most severely hit European countries by the coronavirus and were the first to implement a nationwide lockdown. Eriksen also described an encounter he had with the local authority when he left the training complex to go to the shops.
He said: “The police stopped me and in my rather bad Italian I had to explain what I was doing, where I was going and why I was out of the house. I’ve never had so much free time and you can’t even really go shopping. We can’t complain, as it’s far more difficult for many others, but it is so different to the life we are accustomed to.”
Inter’s number 24 also revealed what he’s been doing to keep fit during the quarantine: “We do follow the training schedule sent by the club and their diet plans too, but you have to make do. I’ve been running around the parking lot basement and calculated I can run 35 metres, then have to take a turn and run 35 metres back.”
He added: “I haven’t touched the ball in seven weeks. It’s been the longest period without football in my life and I really am starting to miss it.”