Christian Eriksen, the Danish footballer who collapsed during a Euro 2020 game last year, has completed a remarkable return to the Premier League by signing for Brentford.
The west London club announced Eriksen has signed until the end of the season, just seven months after suffering a cardiac arrest in a game against Finland.
Brentford said Eriksen completed the details of his transfer from Amsterdam and will join up with the club in the coming days.
“I can’t wait to get started and hopefully I’ll seen you all very soon,” the 29-year-old said in a short video on the club’s website.
Bees boss Thomas Frank, who worked with the midfielder while in charge of Denmark’s Under-17s squad early in his career, said: “We have taken an unbelievable opportunity to bring a world class player to Brentford.
“He hasn’t trained with a team for seven months but has done a lot of work on his own.
“He is fit but we will need to get him match fit and I am looking forward to seeing him work with the players and staff to get back towards his highest level.
“At his best, Christian has the ability to dictate games of football. He can find the right passes and is a goal threat.”
Eriksen left Inter Milan last month by mutual consent, after being suspended by the Italian medical authority from playing in Serie A due to a rule prohibiting the use of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) device.
The Danish international had signed for the Italian giants in 2020 from Premier League side Tottenham, where he played for more than six years.
However, he has passed the required medical tests and is fit to play, and will become the first professional in England to play with an ICD fitted.
He had previously said that his heart condition is “not an obstacle” to playing, adding that athletes in England are left to work out their own risks.
Before heading to the Community Stadium, Eriksen had been training in Switzerland, as well as with his former side Ajax, preparing for a comeback.
He joins fellow countryman Frank at Brentford, as well as international teammates Christian Norgaard and Mathias Jensen.
‘My goal is to play in the World Cup’
Speaking to Danish media earlier this month, Eriksen revealed he died for about five minutes when he collapsed on the pitch last year, and that he aims to play in this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
“My goal is to play in the World Cup in Qatar. I want to play. That’s been my mindset all along. It’s a goal, a dream,” he said.
“Whether I’ll be picked is another thing, but it’s my dream to come back.
“Physically, I’m back in top shape. I want to prove I’ve moved on and that I can play on the national team again.”