Frank ‘flattered’ by Brentford-Eriksen links – ‘We want the best for him’

Thomas Frank believes Brentford should be “flattered” that they are being linked with Christian Eriksen as he “wants the best for him”.

Eriksen revealed earlier this month that he “died for five minutes” when he collapsed during Denmark’s game in the European Championships against Finland last June.

The former Tottenham midfielder has not played since this incident and he is a free agent. He was let go by Inter Milan as rules in Italy permit footballers from playing with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) device.

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Reports have claimed the 29-year-old former Tottenham star has been offered a six-month deal at Brentford, but Frank says there has been no contact.

“This is a player that only plays for the top clubs,” Frank said.

“Something unfortunate happened to Christian and now things changed a bit. He deserves to play at the highest level and I hope he will.

“Under normal circumstances there would be no rumours with a club like us. I guess we should be flattered that there are rumours with a player of his qualities.

“It’s the same with all players out there – (Lionel) Messi, (Kylian) Mbappe, Eriksen. If they fit the criteria of no d***heads they can play for us.”

Frank, who worked with Eriksen during his four-year stint in charge of Denmark’s under-17 team, revealed he had not spoken to the player since the autumn.

He said: “Of course I spoke to him after the incident, but that’s a while ago, not since. It was in the autumn.

“I really hope he comes back to top football again, that is what he wants. Recently in a Danish programme he said his big aim was to play in the World Cup, I really hope he succeeds, I can’t see why he shouldn’t.

“For all Danish fans he was the biggest star before the Euros and, if he gets up to speed, he will be the biggest star again. We all want the best for him and his family.”

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