Christian Eriksen felt like the 'bad guy' over desire to leave Tottenham

Danish playmaker joined Inter Milan last month after entering the final six months of his Spurs contract

UDINE, ITALY - FEBRUARY 02: Christian Eriksen of FC Internazionale reacts during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and  FC Internazionale at Stadio Friuli on February 2, 2020 in Udine, Italy.  (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
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Christian Eriksen has spoken publicly about his departure from Tottenham Hotspur, saying he felt like the "black sheep" of the squad before sealing a move to Inter Milan.

Eriksen, 27, ended six-and-a-half years at Spurs in January when he completed a switch to Italian giants Inter for €20 million (Dh81m). The Danish playmaker had made no secret of his desire to leave Tottenham and with his contract having entered its final six months, a move last month was the club's last chance to earn a transfer fee from the player.

Eriksen had said back in June last year, after Tottenham's defeat by Liverpool in last season's Champions League final, that he wanted to try something new, making the prospect of signing a new contract remote.

"If you have a short contract, you'll be the black sheep," Eriksen told the BBC. "I was very honest ... I didn't want to hide like a lot of players do. Everyone's different ... I wanted to say it out loud.

"I did get the blame for a lot of stuff, for being the bad guy. I read I was the bad person in the changing room, that ever since I said I wanted to leave it was no good me being there."

Eriksen said he had worked to improve his form in the first part of the campaign in which Mauricio Pochettino was sacked as manager and replaced by Jose Mourinho.

"I was ready to try something new but felt if nothing came, I was still ready to play for my place," Eriksen said.

"I was not a different player. But I was in and out of the team. However, even if I had a four-year contract, this season would have been difficult after the Champions League final."