Michael Laudrup’s agent, Bayram Tutumlu, has revealed that he told Christian Eriksen that Barcelona wanted him, but blamed the star’s agent for the move falling through
The agent visited the Tottenham star at his home in London in September to discuss a prospective move to a bigger club in Europe and revealed to Eriksen that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu had expressed an interest in signing him for the Catalan giants.
“I was invited to see Christian Eriksen in London in September, even though he was having a renovation of the house, and here he asked me what to do to get to a bigger club.” said Tutumlu, according to Sport Witness.
“I told him that a bigger club wants him. When I visited Barcelona with my associate Evren Sahin and Brøndby’s owner Jan Bech Andersen, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said that Christian Eriksen became the next big player from Denmark after Michael Laudrup. So I told Eriksen that Barcelona wants him.”
But Tutumlu later revealed that the move had broke down due to the Dane’s agent Martin Schoots, who has been with Eriksen since his youth career back in 2008.
“I also told Christian Eriksen that Barcelona is looking at more things when buying a player, not just his football qualities. And it ended with the fact that they bought Coutinho instead. This is because alone, his agent (Martin Schoots) has destroyed it for him.” continued Tutumlu.
“But I’m still talking with Christian Eriksen, and I’ve told him that if he wants a bigger club, it’s not going to happen through that agent. I do not want to mention his agent’s name because it hurts me as much as he has ruined Christian Eriksen.”
The football agent spoke highly of Eriksen’s father: “Fortunately for Christian Eriksen, his father is a good guy who does not interfere in his career, such as Kasper Dolberg’s father does. Everything was ready for Kasper Dolberg to switch to a big Spanish club, but his father destroyed it. His father hurt him a lot. But I have warned Christian Eriksen to not make the same mistake as Daniel Agger.
“It may be that the football world is huge for you, but it’s just a handful for me. I can find him a good club, as I have done with Michael Laudrup. I have also met with Tottenham’s chairman Daniel Levy a month ago, so I know what it takes for Christian Eriksen to move on.”