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As Christian Eriksen sealed a remarkable return to Premier League football, Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte said it “would be good” to work with the Dane again. The former Spurs’ ace secured a move to Brentford until the end of the season, just over six months since he suffered a cardiac arrest during Euro 2020.

And Conte, who signed Eriksen from the north Londoners during his reign at Inter Milan, was open to the prospect of signing the 29-year-old again.

“Honestly, I was surprised about the situation because in my mind, honestly, I thought Christian needed more time before coming back to play in England,” Conte said soon after his deadline day move to Thomas Frank’s side.

“For sure, Eriksen is part of Tottenham’s story. To come back here would be a good opportunity for him, for me, for the club. Now he’s signed for Brentford…only six months, and we’ll see what happens.

“We won the league, we spent two important seasons together. I wish him all the best for the future. And you don’t know what will happen. It would be good for me to have him again, to work together.”

And as Conte opens up on the prospect of re-signing Eriksen, Express Sport considers ten other players who sealed dramatic returns to their clubs.

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Romelu Lukaku

In footballing terms, Lukaku was still a boy when he left Chelsea in 2013, but he returned to Stamford Bridge as the Blues’ record signing and one of the best strikers in world football.

Thomas Tuchel’s side forked out an eye-watering £97.5m on the Belgian hitman, to sign him from Inter Milan in the summer. While he and Tuchel are trying to adapt to each other’s ways, Lukaku is still expected to achieve great things at Stamford Bridge.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba departed Manchester United and joined Juventus for a free transfer, after he struggled to break into Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans.

But with Ferguson out of the picture and Mourinho intent on football domination at Old Trafford, United shattered the transfer record previously set by Gareth Bale to sign Pogba for £89m. Unfortunately, Pogba appears set to leave Old Trafford for a free at the end of the season, as his deal expires in July 2022.

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann became the latest is a long line of outstanding Atletico Madrid forwards to depart the club in 2019.He left Diego Simeone’s and joined Barcelona in an enormous deal worth £107m in the summer of 2019.

But with Barcelona’s finances dropping perilously and Atletico celebrating a La Liga title, Griezmann left the Nou Camp and returned to the embrace of Simeone on transfer deadline day last summer.

Thierry Henry

Wildly heralded as the finest player to ever compete in the Premier League, Thierry Henry is entrenched in English hall of fame.

And Arsenal fans were drooling when he sealed an astonishing return to the Emirates Stadium on a two month loan deal from New York Red Bulls, barely five years after he left the club to join Barcelona. Fans of the Gunners were left reminiscing back to the glory days when he scored ten minutes into his return match against Leeds United in the FA Cup.

David Luiz

One of the most audacious moves in Conte’s two season spell at Chelsea was the decision to re-sign David Luiz. With the Blues missing out on a variety of targets such as Kalidou Koulibaly and Alessio Romagnoli, Conte was given the green light to bring Luiz back to the club for around £34m.

And it proved to be a master stroke, as he seemed to rise to the next level in Conte’s preferred 3-4-3 formation.

Daniel Alves

After financial issues, La Liga regulations, and the exit of Lionel Messi brought the club to its knees, Xavi brought Daniel Alves out or retirement and back into the Nou Camp.

And the Brazilian even expressed his love for the club by reportedly agreeing to earn around £5,000 per week at the club.

So far, he has competed like he never left, contributing a goal and two assists in his first two La Liga matches for the club.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic talks and acts in an almost mythical style, but that should be no surprise as the 40-year-old is still smashing in goals like players twenty years his junior.

The legendary Swede was at the peak of his powers when he joined AC Milan from Barcelona on loan in 2011, but he defied all pre-conceived expectations when he returned to the Rossoneri nine years later. Before injuries reared their ugly head again, Ibrahimovic has scored an impressive eight goals and two assists in 15 Serie A appearances this season.

Gareth Bale

The Welsh wizard left Tottenham for Real Madrid as the most expensive player in football history, and returned as, arguably, the greatest ever British player to compete abroad.

Bale was sold to Los Blancos for a seismic £86m in the summer of 2013, but sealed an emotional return to the club in 2020. While there were many flashes of brilliance, Bale’s return fell relatively flat, and Tottenham chose not to sign him at the end of his loan.

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