Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen says playing in the Premier League is so hard that he does not get to go out with his girlfriend.
Eriksen, now in his third season at Spurs, says life at White Hart Lane is “fantastic”, but the 23-year-old admits that the demands of English football leave little time for a social life.
“I see so many players arrive in the Premier League with big ambitions, but this is the toughest competition in the world,” Eriksen told the Daily Mirror.
“You have to learn how to cope physically and mentally, but I can handle the pressure and the demands because I live seven days a week for my job.
“That is very tough for my girlfriend. Of course I would like to go out in the city with her and friends, but it just doesn’t fit in with playing in England.
“Every three or four days I have to perform at the highest level and I have big ambitions and dreams to be a success here.”
Eriksen added: “People think professional players have an easy job, that we train for two hours and then go home.
“It does not work like that. To gear yourself up for the next match, you need to rest, sleep, eat really well, and look after your body.
“Some players need a sports psychologist, but I don’t because I do everything by myself.
“I was a young boy when I signed for Ajax and I lived on my own in Amsterdam, so I can handle a lot on my own.
“I have my dreams, but I keep them to myself, although of course I am always curious to know what the future holds.
“But life at Spurs is fantastic. I love it here.”