Given Christian Eriksen is now doing better in Italy, the slant on Tottenham Hotspur interest in January is changing.

During much of the winter market, when it was repeatedly made clear in Italy that Inter Milan wanted the player out, Spurs interest was usually presented as somewhat distant.

Since then, there’s been claims Inter took revenge on Daniel Levy, after he’d played tough in the talks which took Eriksen to Italy in the first, and wouldn’t budge on asking price, and now it’s been stated the player himself snubbed Tottenham.

Quoted by Calciomercato, Inter pundit Paolo Bonolis said: “I heard this rumour that they wanted him at Tottenham in the winter transfer market, but then he refused, so he could stay at Inter. Probably a lightbulb went on and he decided to play the role with the class that distinguishes him but also with the competitive spirit that he lacked.”

Antonio Conte had wanted more from the Denmark international in terms of fight, and working for the team. Since the winter market closed, Eriksen has played 72 minutes in a 3-1 Serie A victory over Lazio, and 83 minutes across two Coppa Italia legs against Juventus.

Should he manage to impress and go on to have a good Inter career, then the Italian slant will likely become that he resisted a Tottenham return in order to dedicate himself to the cause.