Football: Tottenham sell star midfielder Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan

New Inter Milan recruit Christian Eriksen
New Inter Milan recruit Christian Eriksen Photo credit: Getty

Tottenham and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has joined Inter Milan on a deal worth more than NZ$35million.

The 27-year-old, who was out of contract in the summer, has signed for the Serie A side on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

Eriksen ends a glittering six-and-a-half-year stay in north London, where he was a driving force behind Spurs' ascent towards to the top of the English game.

As Eriksen's departure was announced, Spurs revealed they had taken the option to make Giovani Lo Celso's loan move from Real Betis permanent.

Seen as a natural replacement for Eriksen, the Argentinian has joined on a deal until 2025.

"We are delighted to announce that we have exercised the option to convert the loan of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis Balompie to a permanent transfer," said Spurs.

"Gio has signed a contract with the club until 2025.

"The midfielder has produced impressive performances, after establishing himself in the team, following a hip injury, which restricted his playing time in the early part of his loan at the club."

After a slow start to life in north London, the 23-year-old has shown glimpses of his potential in recent weeks.

Following his role in Spurs' 1-1 FA Cup draw at Southampton, boss Jose Mourinho said Lo Celso's form had given Spurs "no choice, but to execute the option".

Eriksen's departure attracted less fanfare, after scoring 69 goals and providing 89 assists in 305 appearances.

"The club can also confirm the departure of Christian Eriksen, after agreement was reached with FC Internazionale Milano for the Denmark international's transfer," they added.

"We wish Christian well for the future."