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  • By Alessandro Schiavone at Old Trafford

Thomas Frank is ‘positive’ Eriksen will stay at Brentford and admits Toney should have scored

Brentford manager Thomas Frank is upbeat about his team’s chances of keeping hold of Christian Eriksen for next season.

Eriksen has been a revelation for the Bees since joining them in January.

And given his red-hot form and international stature there will be no shortage of suitors to sign him up on a free in summer.

The Dane, who suffered a cardiac arrest during a game against Finland at Euro 2020, has already two assists and one goal to his name in only eight Premier League fixtures.

But it’s the influence his presence has on the rest of his teammates that made him such a pivotal figure and key reason why the Bees stayed up.

Speaking to Capital Football after the 3-0 defeat at Manchester United, Frank said:

“I am always positive and I always believe that we have a very good chance.

“I know Christian is very happy here and enjoying his football.

“He loves being at Brentford but it will be a decision that we will take, I guess, at the end of this season.”

The Danish manager, who got the Bees promoted to the top-flight of English football for the first time since 1947 last summer, admitted that Ivan Toney will be “very disappointed” with the quality of his finishing tonight.

The ex-Peterborough striker missed a couple of good chances either side of half-time.

In the first period he sent a free header over from a laser-guided Eriksen free-kick while he also scuffed a volley with his team 1-0 down minutes after the restart.

Frank said: “Knowing Ivan, I know he will be disappointed at himself. He had three good opportunities where he could have scored, maybe not three goals, that will be too much to ask for but at least one.

“And we know in a game like this we need to take our chances but we couldn’t tonight.”


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