Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed he spent time training with Chelsea during his early teens, amid reported interest in his signature from Manchester United.
The 19-year-old is seemingly destined to leave the Amsterdam Arena for a more profile club in the not too distant future, and has frequently been linked with a move away from Ajax.
Manchester United will have the opportunity to run the rule over Eriksen on Thursday evening as Ajax meet the Premier League champions in the Europa League, and Sir Alex Ferguson has marked the Dane out as a danger.
Eriksen, meanwhile, already has experience of playing agains English opposition, having played in some friendly matches during time spent at Chelsea's Cobham training ground.
"I was at Danish club Odense at the time and came across with a friend to Cobham. We played against West Ham youth away and the year after we played Millwall away.
"It was a bit of a shock playing against Millwall. I knew the reputation of English football was tough but my first thoughts when we started were, 'Wow, this is different to Denmark'.
"They kicked a little more and made crazy tackles but I wasn't injured when I returned to Denmark, so I guess I did okay."
Eriksen, though, is not focused on leaving Ajax at this early stage of his career and is committed to continuing his development under the tutelage of Frank de Boer and Dennis Bergkamp.
When it's time to leave Ajax, I'll try to go to a bigger team who do well in the Champions League every year and win trophies," he added.
"But I'd make sure it was somewhere where I wouldn't just sit on the bench. Right now, my mind is only focused on Ajax."
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