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Eriksen keen on Dortmund move

ESPN staff
June 2, 2013
Christian Eriksen is keen on the possibility of joining Borussia Dortmund © Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund have been given a boost in their pursuit of Christian Eriksen with the Ajax player saying "a charismatic coach" is important to him.

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is not only highly regarded for his coaching ability but also for his extrovert character on the touchline and with the media.

Following the sale of Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich and potential departure of Robert Lewandowski, Champions League runners-up Dortmund are in the market for reinforcements this summer.

And Eriksen has told Danish news outlet Sporten.dk that he would welcome a move to a side with a coach he can have a healthy professional relationship with.

"Jurgen Klopp seems like a really good coach and a great person. It can be the difference for me to get a charismatic coach with a tendency to use younger players," he said.

"It is the coach who chooses the team so it is important for me to play for a coach who I can trust and who you can build a good relationship with."

The Denmark international was keen to test himself in Primera Division but claims that is no longer the case.

"That has changed. I wouldn't mind playing in Spain if there was something interesting there for me but I might try a different league first."

Eriksen, reportedly a target for Liverpool, says he has no preference between a move to the Bundesliga or the Premier League, insisting the style of football is of more importance to him.

"They are two very different leagues but they are also very alike," he said. "The German league is on its way up where the English league is now. So I won't prefer one before the other. And it also rains equally much in Germany as it does in England.

"The most important thing is to do what I feel is right. My next club has to express that they really want me.

"I have to feel that it is the right place and then their style of play has to fit me. I can't play in a club that prefers to play with long balls."

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