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Thomas Frank says Christian Eriksen link is a sign of Brentford’s progress

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank has described Christian Eriksen as one of the best players in the world and said it is a sign of the club’s progress that they have been linked with the Danish playmaker.

Frank did not confirm Brentford’s interest in Eriksen but said the 29-year-old “deserved to play at the highest level” and made it clear he wanted to add another creative talent to his squad.

Brentford have reportedly made contact with Eriksen’s representatives in recent days over a potential six-month move as the former Tottenham Hotspur star seeks a return after suffering cardiac arrest last summer.

Frank worked with Eriksen in the Danish youth ranks earlier in their career and said he spoke to the player in the fall about European Championship events.

“I was Under-17 head coach for four years, Under-19 coach for one year,” Frank said. “But especially the under-17s were amazing. It was a fantastic group of players. I was with Christian for a year, he was a young boy at the time. Today he is an adult and one of the best players in the world.

“Something unfortunate happened to Christian and now things have changed a bit. He deserves to play at the highest level and I hope he does. Under normal circumstances there would be no rumors with a club like ours.

“I guess we should be flattered that there are rumors with a player of his qualities. It’s the same with all players – Messi, Mbappe, Eriksen. If they fulfill the criteria of ‘no d- ——-‘ they can play for us. If we were linked to Christian just five years ago, the fans would say ‘are you crazy?’ »

Eriksen said his dream was to represent Denmark at the World Cup in Qatar later this year, adding that he was physically “in great shape” and did not feel “different” after his collapse.

In an interview with Danish broadcaster DR earlier this month, Eriksen said: “My goal is to play the World Cup in Qatar. I want to play. That’s been my mindset from the start. is a goal, a dream. to be chosen is another thing, but it is my dream to come back.

“I’m sure I can come back because I don’t feel any different. Physically, I’m back in great shape. That was my goal and there is still time, so until then I will just play football and prove that I am back to the same level.

Eriksen suffered his cardiac arrest in the 42nd minute of Denmark’s game against Finland in June and he was eventually replaced in the game by Brentford midfielder Jensen.

Eriksen has since been fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), which prevents him from making a comeback with Inter. However, England-based players and clubs are allowed to take a case-by-case approach to these matters.

Brentford have also expressed interest in Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson. Speaking ahead of his side’s meeting with Manchester United, Frank added: “We are always trying to improve the team, improve the skills of the team and the team and try to optimize that. as possible. Every club would love to have a player with extreme pace, or one-on-one skills, or that key pass that can open up teams. We’re no different.

Christian Eriksen returns to football Q&A

By Jeremy Wilson

What is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)?

It is a small device that can treat people with dangerously abnormal heart rhythms. It sends electrical impulses to regulate these rhythms. With each normal heartbeat, an electrical signal passes through your heart, causing it to contract and pump blood. If this does not happen correctly, you may need to install an ICD.

Why could Eriksen play in England and not in Italy

In Italy, there has long been a national cardiac screening policy that applies to all sports and does not allow participation if there is an increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest during exercise. This has not been adopted in other countries, including the UK. In an article, published in 2020 by the British Journal of Cardiology, it is said that “current guidelines advise against vigorous sports for all patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator”. A study for the same article, however, did not establish a higher risk in people younger than 40, who had ICDs and participated in vigorous sports.

What does the FA say?

A spokesman said any player in England with an abnormal heart screening should be assessed by a sports cardiologist in consultation with the club’s team doctor. “The cardiologist would review the individual circumstances and risk surrounding the player and decide whether the player can continue playing or should stop,” a spokesperson said. This would be done confidentially and any decision would be based on the personal safety of the player, meaning the FA itself would not issue a ban. “It is an individual decision that the player makes with the support and guidance of those responsible for his personal medical well-being,” the spokesperson said. “The FA oversees approximately 1,500 professional football cardiac screenings per year and provides a central and secure system for storing screening results, but only authorized club and/or FA medical personnel have access to screening information. .”

Is there a precedent in English football?

There are no known cases at the top of English football, although medical privacy means there could be cases that have remained private. In Germany, Daniel Engelbrecht collapsed on the pitch due to a sudden heart attack in 2013 and returned to football 17 months later after several operations, including one where a defibrillator was implanted. However, other heart issues led to the recommendation to end his career in 2018.

Former Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind, who was once a team-mate with Eriksen at Ajax, has also returned to football after being fitted with a defibrillator due to heart inflammation.