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Brentford boss Frank: Eriksen signing first inspired by my son

Brentford boss Thomas Frank admits signing Christian Eriksen was first raised by his son.

Eriksen was a revelation for the Bees after joining in January.

Frank recalled to Marca: "The good story is that I coached Eriksen in the youth ranks in Denmark. I knew him, I had a good relationship with him and in October my son called me: 'Dad, why don't you contact Christian? He has to play football again'.

"I told him that he was probably right, but then I drifted away from the subject a bit because there was no sign that Eriksen wanted to play again. There were only small signs of his intention but then he already made it public that he wanted to play.

"Then my son called me again and said: 'Dad, now you really have to talk to him', and I told him that he was right. I called Christian in December, we talked a bit about life and I asked him if he was considering playing football again at Brentford and he replied: 'The funny thing is that I thought of you too, we could do something'.

"Eriksen wanted a safe start with a trustworthy coach, in the Premier, in London... it was a very good game. I never had any doubt that he would come back to a good level because I knew he was undergoing all kinds of tests [after the cardiac arrest] and he would be fine in that regard. He was convinced that he was going to play well and now I hope we can keep him."

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