Christian Eriksen left Tottenham Hotspur under something of a cloud.
The attacking midfielder first aired his desire to leave immediately after the Champions League final, a game in which he was largely absent as Spurs were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in Madrid.
He claimed that he wanted to take on a new challenge and potentially move to a top European club.
Rumours swirled over a possible move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Those deals did not come to fruition and he remained in north London until January, making 10 Premier League starts and scoring twice, while also registering two assists.
A move to Inter Milan followed, of course, but it appears that he is struggling to make a proper impression in Italy.
Following his move, he made eight starts in Serie A, from 17 possible games, coming on as a substitute on nine occasions.
This season, he started the 4-3 win over Fiorentina, came on as a substitute against Benevento, and was on the bench for the 90 minutes against Lazio.
And Eriksen has now aired his frustrations over the way the transfer has panned out.
Speaking to Tipsbladet, via Sport Witness, he said: “I certainly do not hope that I will sit on the bench all autumn. At least that’s not my intention. Nor do I hope it’s the club’s or the coach’s intention.
“Of course you become less patient when you have experience and have tried different things. Whether you are 20-years-old, 28-years-old or in your 30s, you do not want to sit on the bench.”
Eriksen does say, though, that he is not set to leave, despite rumours over a possible departure from the club.
He added: “I did not hear anything from my agent, and if there had been anything around me, then I would have heard it from him or from the club, but there was nothing.
“I have gradually got used to the fact that a lot is written in the press. What is true and what is not true, I cannot answer. I only know what I have been told and there was nothing concrete at all. So Monday was just a day like everyone else for me, because nothing happened.”
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Spurs fans are unlikely to have much sympathy for the Dane here.
He downed tools towards the end of his spell in north London and was no longer the genuinely creative force who arrived from Ajax.
At his best, Eriksen was perhaps the best player in the team, scoring eight goals and registering 15 assists in the 2016/17 season, before then hitting 10 goals and laying on 11 assists in 17/18.
At the end of his Spurs career, he was nothing approaching that player and it may be that Inter have discovered that too.
The grass isn’t always greener, it would appear.
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