Ajax star Eriksen explains keeping Man Utd, Chelsea waiting
A dazzling performance in a friendly against England a year ago means Premier League scouts are circling, with Manchester United and Liverpool joining Chelsea, AC Milan and Bayern Munich battling to prise him away from Amsterdam.
"I always thought it would be better to go to Holland first, especially because of the position I play and the football I wanted to play," the Dane told the Daily Mail.
"Ajax have a tradition of good football and play 4-3-3, which suits me. They also spend lots of money on youth players with the aim of putting them in the first team.
"Top sides in England have to get into the Champions League every year so they are not going to buy a 17-year-old and put him straight in the first team. They buy players who can play now. You might not get a game until you are 21. So why should you go there?"