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Eriksen aims for Champions League

Tottenham Hotspurs fans can rest easy – Danish midfielder says he wants to help take his current club to the next level and has no interest in leaving.

Eriksen aims for Champions League
Christian Eriksen (L) celebrates his match winning goal for Tottenham against Southampton in the English Premier League in north London on October 5th. Photo: Ian Kington/Scanpix
One of the brightest stars on the Danish football stage, the 22-year-old Tottenham Hotspurs star Christian Eriksen, wants to take his club to the Champions League, he told the football site Tipsbladet, adding that he enjoys life in London with his current squad.
 
"I haven't thought about moving to another club at all. I hope we can build on what we already have. It's a good team and it is a fantastic club to be at. It would be even more fun if we can become a part of the top flight [in the Premier League, ed.] That is a realistic aim," Eriksen said.
 
 
"When you've tried it once, everyone wants to play in the Champions League. That's where it's at. That is where the most fun games are. And then again now that we are in the Europa League we have to do our very best there as well," he added, referencing the newly instated rule that will see the winners of the Europa League automatically qualify for the next season's Champions League. 
 
Eriksen played in the Champions League several times during his years with Ajax Amsterdam and will also play a vital part in Denmark's upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Albania and Portugal this coming week. 
 

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.

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Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

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