By Dominic Toner

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has explained that he rejected a move to Chelsea because of a fear of failure.

The 24-year-old playmaker has revealed that he had the chance to join Chelsea as a teenager and rejected a move, as well as having offers from Barcelona and AC Milan.

The Danish international moved to Ajax as a 16-year-old and went on to make 163 appearances for them, scoring 32 goals and supplying 66 assists.

Eriksen has revealed that he feared failing at Chelsea and could have struggled to make a breakthrough in the team.

“In Denmark, you are sure to play if you were good, but Ajax played you if you did not have the mentality and went 100 per cent to it,” Eriksen told Danish outlet Fyens. “It did not matter who you were. If I had chosen Chelsea, then my situation today would be completely different. I’m sure.

“Of course you never say never, because I would have been 100 percent into it, if I had chosen it. I just felt that there was more chance to fail than succeed.”

Chelsea are well recognised for their youth system but currently have a whole host of youngster out on loan, including impressive England youngster Tammy Abraham at Bristol City.

Eriksen turned down a move to Stamford Bridge and instead has ended up at London rivals Spurs in his career.

The midfielder moved to White Hart Lane in 2013 and has proven to be a great success, recently agreeing a new four-year deal.

He has made 146 appearances for Spurs since his arrival and turned into a regular in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Eriksen has already made 15 appearances in all competitions this season and directly contributed to five goals.

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