Eriksen: Spurs chiefs charmed me
Christian Eriksen has revealed it was the personal touch of Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini that persuaded him to sign for Tottenham.
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Eriksen's Tottenham career may just be 71 minutes old, but the playmaker is already a fans' favourite following his impressive debut in the 2-0 win over Norwich.
The Dane became the seventh and final signing of a busy summer for the north London club when he completed an £11.5million move from Ajax on the Friday before the transfer window shut.
Levy has become renowned for his love of a last-minute deal, but the Tottenham chairman resolved to get his squad in tip-top shape early on in this transfer window to offset the damaging loss of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Gone are the days when Levy would launch last-gasp raids for cheap signings, such as he tried to do with Phil Neville and Charlie Adam in the Harry Redknapp era.
This time, he and technical director Baldini sought to wrap up Eriksen's signing quickly by flying to Amsterdam to negotiate with the Dutch club and the move paid off.
"I talked a little bit with the manager but I had more to do with the chairman and the director Baldini. They were they guys who really had the right words," Eriksen said.
"The first contact was with my agent and then my agent talked to me and I said, 'Go on, I really want to hear what they have got to say'.
"The day after my agent was (in London) to look around and see everything and talk with the big men, then the day after, they all went to Amsterdam to negotiate with Ajax.
"The next day, I was here for a medical. It went really quick. Just four days.
"It really impressed me that they wanted it so badly and wanted to do it so quickly."
The "right words" that came out of Levy's mouth centred around Tottenham's ambitions.
"The club wants to be in the Champions League next season, for sure, and then we have, of course, to become champions," the 21-year-old said.
"That is why he spent so much money on good players and that is just the sort of thing I want to be part of."
Although the season is still in its early stages, the early signs are that Tottenham are well-equipped for their assault on the top four.
Eriksen's ability to link play between midfield and attack has given Spurs something they have been lacking since the departure of Rafael van der Vaart.
Roberto Soldado's ratio of four goals in five games has been encouraging while Erik Lamela is yet to start a game following his £26million move from Roma.
Arsenal sat above Spurs at the top of the embryonic Barclays Premier League table on Sunday night, but Eriksen hopes that will soon not be the case.
"We will have to turn that around for a start," he said.
"Overall our chances look really good. It is different. We are in a new squad and still have to learn about everything and everybody, but, we have had a good beginning."