By Matt Barlow for MailOnline
Published: 22:29 GMT, 31 January 2020 | Updated: 08:31 GMT, 1 February 2020
Christian Eriksen told Jose Mourinho on his first day at Tottenham that he had no intention of staying at the club.
Eriksen's contract was set to expire in June and the new head coach did not try to change his mind but kept him on the fringes of the team as Daniel Levy worked on the £12million transfer to Inter Milan which was completed this week.
'The day I arrived he told me he was not going to sign,' said Mourinho who replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November. 'Christian told me the decision was made and there was no way. From that moment I was just trying to build the team without him. That was the reason why I didn't play him many, many times.
Jose Mourinho says Christian Eriksen told him he was leaving on his first day in charge of Spurs
Mourinho revealed he has since tried to build a team without Eriksen but praised his maturity
Mourinho also hailed Spurs chairman Daniel Levy for negotiating 'great deal' with Inter
'It was down to me and Mr Levy to manage the situation in an intelligent way. For me, to try to have a player without great motivations but with a good sense of professionalism to