Don't join Chelsea: Christian Eriksen's dad fires stark warning to world's top teenagers

22 March 2011 12:12
The father of Ajax wonderkid Christian Eriksen has warned the world's top teenage talent: do not join Chelsea.

Denmark international Eriksen is one of the hottest properties in European football and outshone England's great hope Jack Wilshere during Fabio Capello side's victory in Copenhagen last month.

The 19-year-old - who is rated between ?10million-?13million - is being chased by Europe's top clubs, including Barcelona, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Hot property: Christian Eriksen (left) is wanted by a raft of Europe's top clubs

But Eriksen should already be on the Stamford Bridge club's books after outgoing sporting director Frank Arnesen invited the midfielder - who was playing for Odense's academy at the time - for a trial as a 15-year-old.

However, Eriksen had two trials unsuccessful trials with Chelsea before agreeing to join Ajax in 2008.

Chelsea have made it a key part of their ongoing philosophy to lure the globe's most promising talent to west London with a view to promoting them through the club's academy set-up into the first team.

Brazil Under-17 attacking midfielder Lucas Piazon, dubbed the 'new Kaka', last week became the latest youngster to agree to join Chelsea.

But Eriksen's dad insists he is happy his son did not make the move to Stamford Bridge and advised other starlets against a move to west London.

'Chelsea thought he [Eriksen] was too weak and not that great,' claimed Eriksen's father Thomas.

Don't join Chelsea: Eriksen's father has fired a stark warning to his prodigious offspring

'They wanted him to have a third trial - but I said no to that. They had time to consider him.

'But it suited us just fine because it was not the right place for him. The English mentality does not work, they are completely cold with the way they deal with players.

'If there is one player from the youth team that goes to the first team they are happy. They are indifferent to all the rest.

'The training facilities are good - but kids should not go there.' 

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Source: Daily_Mail