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Mar 22, 2011

Eriksen's father slams English clubs

The father of Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen has hit out at English clubs, claiming their 'cold' way of dealing with young players is bad for their development.

• Eriksen would reject Liverpool news

Eriksen, 19, had a trial at Chelsea as a youth player but failed to impress enough to earn himself a contract and Eriksen Snr was unimpressed with the way his son was handled by the London club.

"Chelsea thought he was too weak and not that great," Thomas Eriksen told the Daily Mail. "They wanted him to have a third trial - but I said no to that. They had time to consider him.

"But it suited us just fine because it was not the right place for him. The English mentality does not work, they are completely cold with the way they deal with players.

"If there is one player from the youth team that goes to the first team they are happy. They are indifferent to all the rest. The training facilities are good - but kids should not go there."

The Danish midfielder impressed in the 2-1 loss to England in February and has been recently linked with a move to Liverpool, which he claimed he would turn down.

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