BREAKING NEWS: Christian Eriksen’s Inter Milan contract is TERMINATED by mutual consent with Denmark star banned from playing in Italy with a heart defibrillator following his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020
- Christian Eriksen has left Inter Milan following the termination of his contract
- Ex-Tottenham playmaker has not played for the Serie A giants since last season
- Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 and now has a heart defibrillator
- However, rules in Italy say he cannot play contact sport with a defibrillator
Christian Eriksen has left Inter Milan following the termination of his contract by mutual consent.
The former Tottenham playmaker has not played for the Serie A giants since last season as playing with a heart defibrillator is banned in Italy.
And Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s clash with Finland at Euro 2020, has now bid farewell to the club.
‘FC Internazionale Milano can confirm that an agreement has been reached to terminate Christian Eriksen’s contract by mutual consent,’ a statement by the club read on Friday.
‘The club and the entire Nerazzurri family wish Christian all the very best for his future.
‘Although Inter and Christian are now parting ways, the bond shall never be broken.
Christian Eriksen has left Inter Milan following the termination of his deal by mutual consent
Eriksen had a cardiac arrest in June, playing for Denmark against Finland at Euro 2020
Eriksen, 29, was in hospital receiving treatment for six days before being released back in June
‘The good times, the goals, the victories, those Scudetto celebrations with fans outside San Siro – all this will remain forever in Nerazzurri history.’
Eriksen received life-saving treatment on the pitch at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium last summer before being taken to a nearby hospital, where he was fitted with an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator).
The ICD is connected to the heart by wires and sends an electrical pulse in order to correct irregular rhythms.
Rules in Italy state that people with a defibrillator like Eriksen has are not allowed to play contact sport. But the 29-year-old could theoretically continue his career in another country, with different rules.
The former Tottenham playmaker has not played for the Serie A giants since last season
Denmark players circled Eriksen so he had privacy while he was being treated last summer
The Danish midfielder made 60 appearances for Inter since joining the club from Tottenham in January 2020. He helped the Italian side win their first Serie A title in 11 years last season.
During his time playing in England, Eriksen turned out over 300 times for Spurs in a six-and-a-half year spell in north London.
Eriksen recently resumed training in Denmark at Odense Boldklub, the club where he started his career.
Eriksen’s ties to Odense are strong having been at the club before moving to join Ajax in Holland at the age of 16.
Odense is convenient also as Eriksen is said to have a house close to the training ground where he lives with his girlfriend and two children.
Midfielder Eriksen helped the Italian side win their first Serie A title in 11 years last season
Footballers with defibrillators
Anthony van Loo, Roeselare: The Belgian defender was allowed to continue his career after being fitted with a defibrillator. It shocked his heart back into a normal rhythm after suffering cardiac arrhythmia during a match.
He retired in 2018, aged 30, as he felt he could not return to his old performance levels.
Fabrice Muamba, Bolton: Former Arsenal midfielder Muamba’s heart stopped for 78 minutes but he eventually made a recovery.
He retired five months later without having returned to football. He did, however, play 15 minutes in Ian Goodison’s testimonial match.
Daniel Engelbrecht, Stuttgarter Kickers: The striker collapsed on the pitch against Erfurt but returned to the professional game aged 24 after 17 months, against numerous doctors’ advice.
He scored against Wehen Wiesbaden, becoming the first footballer to score with a defibrillator. However, he retired in 2018 to move into coaching when he found out the device had brought him back to life three times.
Daley Blind, Ajax and Holland: Blind was fitted with a pacemaker after complaining of dizziness in a Champions League match against Valencia in December 2019.
He subsequently collapsed in a friendly against Hertha Berlin in August 2020 but has generally enjoyed a safe return to top-level football.
Christian Eriksen, Inter Milan and Denmark: Eriksen collapsed on the pitch at Euro 2020 last summer. Although he has recovered, strict Serie A rules mean he cannot play in Italy and current club Inter Milan must sell him.
He may choose to continue his professional career elsewhere, or retire.
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