Christian Eriksen has released his first public statement following his cardiac arrest.
The Inter Milan midfielder has insisted that he ‘feels better’ and ‘won’t give up’ after he collapsed moments before half-time during Denmark’s Euro 2021 game with Finland.
In a statement, released to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport through his agent, the 29-year-old also thanked fans for their concern and support, as he vowed to find out why he had suffered such a serious health emergency.
Eriksen said: “Thank you, I won’t give up. I feel better now – but I want to understand what’s happened.
“I want to say thank you all for what you did for me.”
Currently, the Danish footballer remains in hospital, as his wife, Sabrina, and parents, Thomas and Dorthe, remain by his side.
When Eriksen initially collapsed, he required 13 minutes of CPR, which led his fellow teammates to be convinced their friend was about to die.
According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojberg said his colleague’s ‘eyes were white,’ while Barcelona’s Martin Braithwhite commented: “We were about to lose a friend and a teammate.”
At a press conference on June 14, Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, stated: “I have chosen to say to myself that this has had a happy ending – it’s not the end yet, but it could have been so much worse.
“I am grateful to be part of a team that has stood together as much as we have done. And I’m grateful Christian’s still here.
“I tried to imagine if it was me who was lying there. I knew Christian’s wife, children, and parents were there, so at one point I tried to look for them. It is an inhuman situation for them to go through.”
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