Christian Eriksen has claimed he was the “black sheep” at Spurs for not signing a new deal and blamed for many of the club’s problems.

The 27-year-old midfielder, who joined Inter Milan last week, has also confirmed he rejected Manchester United in favour of “a new challenge” in moving to Italy.

Eriksen, whose contract was set to expire at the end of the season, signed a four-year deal with Inter with Spurs receiving £16.9million.

Last summer he admitted he wanted to leave and preferred a move to Real Madrid but the Spanish giants did not come in for him.

As his seven-year stay in north London neared the end, he was booed during matches by fans accusing him of a lack of commitment.

Christian Eriksen left Tottenham last month

The Denmark international told the BBC : “If you have a short contract, you will be the black sheep. Of course, I did the interview. I was very honest.

“I felt I had to be honest. I didn't want to hide like a lot of players do. Everyone is different. I was honest. I wanted to say it out loud.

"I did get the blame for a lot of stuff, for being the bad guy. I read I was the bad person in the changing room, that ever since I said I wanted to leave, it was no good me being there.

“To be honest, over the last few years, if anything came up, any player would think about leaving but I was the guy who said it publicly.

Eriksen in Inter colours

“In England, when your contract is shorter, it is like you have to leave now. You are gone. In the end I played about 30 games that were like goodbye games. It was like 'this might be his last game', 'this might be his last game'. It kept rolling.

“In my head I was ready to try something new but felt if nothing came, I was still ready to play for my place. I was not a different player in that sense. But I was in and out of the team. However, even if I had a four-year contract, this season would have been difficult after the Champions League final."

Confirming United had tried to land him in what would have been a bargain deal, Eriksen said: “We did speak to them of course and we did hear what was possible and what wasn't possible.

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“But, in the end, me personally, I wanted a new challenge. To stay in the Premier League would have been an easy solution.

"Of course, staying at Tottenham would also have been a solution but, for me, it just came down to wanting to try a new challenge in a new country. Once Inter came up it really wasn't a difficult choice."

Eriksen, who routinely refused interviews after matches during his final year at Spurs, revealed he spoke to Mauricio Pochettino’s successor, Jose Mourinho on his arrival in November and made clear that he would not be staying.