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Eriksen plays down transfer talk

December 19, 2012
By Kevin Palmer

Ajax star Christian Eriksen has dampened down speculation that he could be set for a move to the Premier League in the January transfer window.

Ajax celebrates after establishing a 3-1 lead through Christian Eriksen's deflected strike
GettyImagesChristian Eriksen is being watched by numerous clubs in England

Tottenham have been linked with a big-money move for the 20-year-old Danish starlet, yet he has suggested he has time on his side before he commits to a move to England.

"I think for everyone who wants to get to the highest level, you have to be in the Premier League, of course, but when that should be, I have no idea," he told the Guardian. "Maybe 10 years? For me, I am at the right place at the right time with Ajax.

"I don’t think I will move (in January). If something really exciting is coming, maybe you would look at it, but my feeling now is take it easy and see when it comes."

Eriksen reflected about the two trials he had at Chelsea when he was a teenager and he also confirmed there was interest in his talents from Manchester City 18 months ago, though it seems he is wary of joining a club where unlimited transfer funds are the dominant factor.

"Chelsea is such a big club, they have so much money that if they need someone for the first team, they just buy them," he added. "Ajax buy them if they are young and they see talent and it’s easier to go to the first-team here.

"It was another world at Chelsea. It was not like Denmark, or like this, where it is open and everyone can come (to training). Everything was closed and if you are there as a 16-year-old and you have to be so closed, you lose a lot of things.

"Manchester City is the same. It was the feeling to get to a big club where they buy some new players every six months. Then, probably, if you didn’t do well in the beginning, you would go out on loan. I wouldn’t like that. For me, it was about wanting to play. At that point I was just 19 years old, so I had no hurry."