PSG beat Chelsea to Hakimi signing

Wing-back Achraf Hakimi has joined Paris Saint-Germain from Inter Milan on a five-year contract.

The 22-year-old arrives at the Parc des Princes having won the 2020/21 Serie A title under Antonio Conte in his only season at Inter last term.

The Morocco international was also a transfer target for Champions League winners Chelsea, who had matched PSG’s £51.3m transfer offer for the defender. The fee that the French club will pay for Hakimi could rise to £60m.

Upon his arrival in Paris, Hakimi said: “I feel a lot of pride today. After my experiences in Spain, Germany and Italy, Paris Saint-Germain offers me the opportunity to discover a new championship under the colours of one of the most prestigious clubs in the world.

“I can’t wait to meet my new team-mates, the fans and feel the extraordinary fervour that reigns at the Parc des Princes.

“I share the same very high ambitions with the staff and the players and will do everything to give my club what it expects of me. “

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Paris Saint-Germain’s president, said: “We are happy to welcome Achraf Hakimi to Paris.

“The signing of a player of this stature shows the level of our ambitions. We continue to build something very special.

“Achraf is only 22 years old, but he’s already established himself as one of the best full-backs in the world of football, and that’s the standard we set for ourselves at the club.

“I know Achraf will have a fantastic career with us and the whole club wish him every success under our colours.”

Hakimi made 37 appearances and scored seven goals for Inter Milan last season
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Hakimi made 37 appearances and scored seven goals for Inter Milan last season on their way to the Serie A title

Hakimi becomes PSG’s third summer signing after Georginio Wijnaldum joined the French giants following the expiry of his contract at Liverpool. The club also triggered the option to make defensive midfielder Danilo Pereira’s season-long loan deal permanent.

The Ligue 1 club are also closing in on the signing of Italy international goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, whose contract at AC Milan ran out on July 1.

PSG are looking to bolster Mauricio Pochettino’s squad after they missed out on the French top-flight title to Lille and exited the Champions League at the semi-final stage last season.

Hakimi played 73 times for Borussia Dortmund and helped them to the German Supercup in 2019
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Hakimi played 73 times for Borussia Dortmund between 2018 and 2020 and helped them to the German Supercup in 2019

Wing-back Hakimi completes his move to PSG following an impressive 2020/21 season in which he made 37 Serie A appearances for Inter, scored seven times and made 10 assists on their way to their first Italian top-flight title in 11 years.

Inter need to recoup around 100m Euros (£85.5m) on player sales due to heavy financial losses, which were part of the reason behind Conte’s decision to quit as manager last month.

Hakimi joined Inter from Real Madrid for €40m (£34.3m) last summer after he spent two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund between 2018 and 2020.

Eriksen seen in public two weeks after leaving hospital

The first image of Christian Eriksen in public has emerged after he was discharged from hospital last month.

The Denmark midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during his side’s 1-0 defeat against Finland at Euro 2020 on June 12. He was resuscitated and taken to the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen.

Following treatment, the Danish FA confirmed Eriksen returned home on June 18 after undergoing a successful operation to have a cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implanted.

The 29-year-old had been resting in the city of Odense over the past few weeks but on Friday he was pictured with a young fan at Tidvilde Strand beach in northern Denmark, which is around 60km from the capital Copenhagen.

Bjorn Bindzus, who posted a selfie with Eriksen on Instagram, told Danish newspaper BT: “I was nervous and completely speechless when I had to ask about the picture. But I’m proud that I did it and I’m very happy today.

“We were at a photoshoot for a commercial when I suddenly saw him while we were having lunch. So I waited to ask him until he had finished talking to his girlfriend. And he said yes right away.

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Tributes to Eriksen poured in from all over the world following the incident at the Parken Stadium

“I didn’t see the incident against Finland, but he looked healthy. It was really nice to see.

“I mostly watch football when the national team is playing, and here my favourite player is without a doubt Christian Eriksen. I’m proud of myself that I have that image.”

Eriksen last posted on social media two-and-a-half weeks ago from his hospital bed where he gave an update on his condition, expressed gratitude for the well wishes he had received, and gave words of encouragement for his Denmark team-mates who made it through Group B and defeated Wales in the last 16.

Kasper Hjulmand’s team beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the Euros on Saturday thanks to first-half goals from Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg.

Inter Milan interested in Bellerin to replace Hakimi

Inter Milan are interested in signing Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, Sky in Italy are reporting.

The Serie A champions want the Spanish right-back on loan with an option to buy him next summer.

Arsenal value Bellerin in the region of £17m (€20m) and Inter see him as a replacement for Paris Saint-Germain-bound Achraf Hakimi.

Inter, who have been forced into selling players to accrue funds due to the impact of Covid 19, also have an interest in Chelsea right-back Davide Zappacosta, who was on loan at Genoa last season.

Serie A winning team Inter Milan
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Achraf Hakimi – seen here about to lift the Serie A title in May – is expected to join Paris Saint-Germain

According to previous reports by Sky in Italy, Zappacosta was suggested in a cash-plus-players deal for Hakimi to join Chelsea earlier this month.

Hakimi is on the verge of joining Mauricio Pochettino at PSG, however, in deal that could rise to £60m (€70m).

The fee will bring in a significant windfall for Inter, whose title-winning manager Antonio Conte left the club due to the need to make sizeable financial cuts.

It is not clear whether or not Arsenal are willing to part with Bellerin, who made 25 Premier League appearances last season, scoring once and setting up three goals.

He is currently Arsenal’s longest-serving player, having signed for Arsene Wenger as a youth from Barcelona in 2011 and going on to make 239 senior appearances to date.

PSG to beat Chelsea in Hakimi race

Paris Saint-Germain are set to beat Chelsea to the signing of Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi.

According to Sky in Italy, PSG have submitted an improved bid of 70m Euros (£59.8m), including add-ons, and are confident of winning the race for the Morocco international.

The two clubs are locked in talks and could close a deal quickly despite Inter’s valuation remaining higher than PSG’s improved bid.

Chelsea are still in the race, but the Ligue 1 club hope that the player’s wish to move to France rather than England could make the difference.

Sky Sports News reported Chelsea and PSG both made initial 60m Euros (£51.3m) bids for Hakimi but Inter valued him at around 80m Euros (£68.4m).

Inter signed Hakimi from Real Madrid for €40m last summer after he spent two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund between 2018 and 2020.

Serie A winning team Inter Milan
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Hakimi won the Serie A title in his first season with Inter Milan

The 22-year-old was one of the league’s star performers in his first season in Italy, scoring seven goals and providing 11 assists in 45 appearances for Inter.

The Serie A champions need to recoup around 100m Euros (£85.5m) on player sales due to heavy financial losses, which were part of the reason behind Antonio Conte’s decision to quit as manager last month.

Inter confirmed on Tuesday the signing of AC Milan and Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu on a three-year deal upon the expiry of his contract with their cross-city rivals at the end of the month.

The club, now managed by former Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi, have also seen Ashley Young leave on a free transfer to rejoin boyhood club Aston Villa this month.

Calhanoglu to join Inter from AC Milan

AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu is set to join city rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer, according to Sky in Italy.

The Turkey international will undergo a medical in Milan on Tuesday before signing a three-year deal with the Serie A champions.

Inter have offered him a three-year deal worth £4.3m plus bonuses, better terms than AC Milan had put on the table ahead of his contract expiring next week.

Calhanoglu is set to return to Milan on Monday after Turkey’s early exit from Euro 2020, as Senol Gunes’ side failed to pick up a single point against Italy, Wales and Switzerland.

The 27-year-old has regularly been linked with teams in the Premier League as well as Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Serie A rivals Juventus and Inter.

He scored four goals and provided ten assists for AC Milan this season to help them finish second in Serie A and clinch a Champions League return after a seven-year absence.

AC Milan will also see Gianluigi Donnarumma leave on a free transfer, with the Italy international undergoing a medical in Rome on Monday ahead of a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea making progress in Hakimi pursuit

Chelsea are making progress in their attempt to sign Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi.

Both the Blues and Paris Saint-Germain have made £51.6m (€60m) offers but Inter want at least £68m (€80m), which Sky Sports News revealed earlier this month.

However, Inter are willing to take players as part of any deal and Marcos Alonso and David Zappacosta are being discussed during negotiations.

They have joined Emerson Palmeiri and Andreas Christiansen as options – and Sky in Italy are reporting that Alonso in particular is a name Inter are warming to, along with Zappacosta.

Alonso, who has also been of interest to Atletico Madrid, has fallen behind Ben Chilwell for a place at left-back, while Zappacosta has spent the past few seasons out on loan, most recently with Genoa.

Hakimi

Inter signed Hakimi from Real Madrid for around £34m (€40m) last summer, after he spent two successful seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund between 2018 and 2020, and he was part of Antonio Conte’s team that won Serie A.

But Inter have to make significant financial cuts following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which led to Conte leaving his job just last month.

Chelsea also want to sign a striker this summer and Dortmund’s Erling Haaland remains their top target.

Young re-joins Villa on free transfer from Inter

Ashley Young has re-joined Aston Villa on a free transfer from Inter Milan.

The former England international returns to Villa Park on a one-year contract a decade after he left to join Manchester United. There is understood to be an option for further one-year extension in the deal.

Young, who turns 36 next month, won the Serie A last season with Inter but has opted to return to the Premier League after also holding talks with another former club Watford as well as Burnley.

“It feels amazing to be back, it feels like I’ve not left,” Young told VillaTV.

“You can see how much the club has evolved since my time and I’m just ready to get down to work now.

“When I heard of the interest from Aston Villa, it was straight to my agent ‘get a deal done, whatever you can, get a deal done.’

“Watching from afar, seeing the squad, how well they did last season, how well they’ve been doing.

“The staff, the manager, how the players want to play for him; they’ve got that hunger, he’s got that desire, that winning mentality.

“And, for me, I know I’ve got that winning mentality.”

Young made 34 appearances in all competitions last season for Inter, who he joined from Manchester United in January 2020, and turns 36 next month.

During his four-and-a-half seasons at Villa from 2007-11, Young played close to 200 games before his switch to United, where he won the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

Villa boss Dean Smith told the club’s website: “Ashley brings with him a wealth of experience of top-level football both at club and international level and he is joining having just won a league championship in Italy.

“He is a player who can play in a number of positions and, having spoken to him at length, I know he is determined to make a real impact with us this season.”

Eriksen to be fitted with heart-starting device

Christian Eriksen will be fitted with a heart-starting device (ICD) after suffering a cardiac arrest during Euro 2020, Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen has confirmed.

The 29-year-old was given CPR on the pitch at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen after collapsing during the first half of his side’s 1-0 Group B defeat by Finland on Saturday evening.

Speaking after the match, Boesen said Eriksen was “gone”, but swift treatment on the field of play and by hospital staff meant the Inter Milan midfielder was stabilised, and he was later able to send his greetings to team-mates.



Paramedics using a stretcher to take out of the pitch Denmark's Christian Eriksen after he collapsed during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday, June 12, 2021








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Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen says Eriksen was ‘gone’ after suffering a cardiac arrest but was able to be resuscitated after one use of the defibrillator

Providing an update on Thursday morning, Boesen said: “After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter). This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.

“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.

“We encourage everybody to give Christian and his family peace and privacy the following time.”

Eriksen’s former Ajax team-mate Daley Blind, who is representing the Netherlands at Euro 2020, had an ICD fitted after being diagnosed with a heart condition in 2019.

Blind spent three years with Eriksen at Ajax from 2010 to 2013 and revealed he considered missing his country’s opening game of the tournament after Saturday’s incident.

He broke down in tears after being substituted midway through the second half of the Netherlands’ 3-2 win over Ukraine on Sunday.



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Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand says Eriksen will be watching his team-mates when they face Belgium and will even be able to hear the stadium from the hospital. ©UEFA 2021

What is an ICD?

According to the British Heart Foundation, an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is a small device that can treat people with dangerously abnormal heart rhythms.

It sends electrical pulses to regulate these rhythms, especially those that could be dangerous and cause a cardiac arrest.

If an ICD notices a dangerous heart rhythm it can deliver one or more of the following treatments:

  • Pacing – a series of low-voltage electrical impulses (paced beats) at a fast rate to try and correct the heart rhythm.
  • Cardioversion – one or more small electric shocks to try and restore the heart to a normal rhythm.
  • Defibrillation – one or more larger electric shocks to try and restore the heart to a normal rhythm.


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Fabrice Muamba says Eriksen’s health and wellbeing is the most important thing after the Denmark midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest

Eriksen thankful for support: ‘I’m fine under the circumstances’

On Tuesday, Eriksen addressed the public for the first time since his collapse by expressing his thanks for the goodwill messages he has received.

Posting on Instagram, he said: “Hello everyone. Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family.

“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.

“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark. Best, Christian.”

Kjaer: We will play for Eriksen

Eriksen’s sudden collapse on Saturday prompted Denmark captain Simon Kjaer to clear his team-mate’s airways and start the life-saving CPR technique, which was continued with the aid of a defibrillator and professional medical staff.

Following the news on Thursday that Eriksen will be fitted with an ICD, Kjaer said: “It has been some very special days, where football has not been the most important thing.

“A shock, that will be part of me – part of all of us – forever. The only thing that is important and really matters, is that Christian is okay.

“I am proud of how we acted as a team and how we stood together in these difficult times. I am touched and very grateful for all the support.

“[On Thursday], we will enter the pitch against Belgium with Christian in our hearts and thoughts. It gives us peace in our minds, which allows us to focus on the game of football.

“We will play for Christian, and as always for all of Denmark. That is the greatest motivation for us all. As always: we will do our best.”

How did CPR save Eriksen’s life?

CPR is quite easy to learn and it can be the difference between life and death before emergency medical services can arrive to help out.

So what is it, how does it make a difference and how should you behave if you find yourself in an emergency?

What is CPR?










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Dr Sanjay Sharma, a sports cardiologist at St George’s Hospital who worked with Eriksen at Tottenham, says the speedy response of the medical team on the field was critical for his recovery

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and is a medical technique which is given to someone who goes into cardiac arrest.

That occurs when the heart encounters an electrical issue and stops pumping blood around the body and to the brain, causing the person to fall out of consciousness and stop breathing.

Medics define this as ‘clinical death’, which is the onset of biological death, although CPR can help re-start the person’s heart functions and save their life.

By administering chest compressions and rescue breaths, the CPR performer helps to pump blood and oxygen around the person’s body, taking over the role of their heart and lungs.

Why is CPR so important?



Denmark's medical team attended to Christian Eriksen just before half time








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Charlie Edinburgh, founder of the Justin Edinburgh 3 foundation, says Eriksen suffering a cardiac arrest is an example of why raising awareness of CPR and the use of a defibrillator is so crucial and will save lives

“Time is myocardium, that’s what we say in medicine – that means the longer that there is a time delay, the higher the chance that the heart muscle will never recover,” Professor of Cardiology Dr Sanjay Sharma told Sky Sports News.

“In fact for every minute that passes, the chances of an individual surviving go down by between seven and 10 per cent. So it’s very, very crucial to keep the heart beating during these crucial moments and get the heart started as quickly as possible.

“Not just so that the cardiac outcome will be good, but also that the other organs, such as the brain, remain well perfused so that the individual after survival remains healthy.”

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First aired in 2018, we explain how to perform CPR with David Ginola, Jamie Carragher and Monday Night Football presenter David Jones

Always seek professional help by calling 999 before starting CPR.

The NHS’s advice to carry out chest compressions is as follows:

  1. Place the heel of your hand on the breastbone at the centre of the person’s chest. Place your other hand on top of your first hand and interlock your fingers.
  2. Position yourself with your shoulders above your hands.
  3. Using your body weight (not just your arms), press straight down by 5 to 6cm (2 to 2.5 inches) on their chest.
  4. Keeping your hands on their chest, release the compression and allow the chest to return to its original position.
  5. Repeat these compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 times a minute until an ambulance arrives or you become exhausted.

The British Heart Foundation recommends that in an emergency situation it is better to try and perform CPR, even if unsure, rather than to not do anything at all.

For more information on FA medical courses which can help to deal with such things as cardiac arrest and how to treat them, visit the FA Bootroom.

Young linked with return to Villa

Aston Villa are the latest club to be interested in signing Ashley Young with talks expected to open with his representatives this week about a possible Villa Park return.

The former England international, who turns 36 next month, is set to depart Inter Milan this summer after turning down a new deal at the San Siro.

Young had previously held talks over a return to Watford on a potential one-year deal.

However, it is understood that move now appears unlikely with Burnley another possible destination with advanced talks taking place over a free transfer.

It is believed discussions centre around a one-year contract with the option of a further 12 months.

Young also has huge respect for Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who was his captain at Watford when he started his professional career.

At least another unnamed Premier League club is also reportedly interested in the player who came through the ranks at Watford before joining Aston Villa in 2007.

He then went on to move to Manchester United in 2011, where he won the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

Young joined Inter in January 2020 and was part of the side that won the Italian side their first Serie A title in 11 years this season, making 34 appearances.

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Eriksen thankful for support: ‘I’m fine under the circumstances’

Christian Eriksen has expressed his thanks for the goodwill messages he has received after suffering a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener, and says he is “fine, under the circumstances”.

Eriksen was given emergency CPR on the pitch during Saturday’s game against Finland, which was temporarily suspended as the 29-year-old was taken to Rigshospitalet, a hospital near the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen said Eriksen was “gone”, but swift treatment on the field of play and by hospital staff meant the midfielder was stabilised, and he was later able to send his greetings to team-mates.

Eriksen has now addressed the public for the first time since the incident via a tweet from the Danish FA’s account, which read: “Hello everyone. Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family.

“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.

“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark. Best, Christian.”

Denmark went on to lose to Finland after the game was restarted on Saturday evening, meaning they will be desperate to pick up their first points of the tournament when they take on Belgium on Thursday.

They will of course do so without the midfielder, but manager Kasper Hjulmand said: “I have said that Eriksen is the heart, the pulse, the rhythm of our team. He has an incredible ability to perceive time, space and rhythm in a football match.

“He won’t be there on Thursday – we have a lot of other players who can contribute, and skilled players who can also find the rhythm of the match. We are putting something together that will be difficult for Belgium, I’m sure of that.”

The game against Belgium will take place at the Parken Stadium, meaning Denmark’s players will return and compete at the scene of Eriksen’s collapse less than a week after the incident.

Hjulmand accepts it could be a tough task for his team, saying: “It’s totally OK if someone does not have the emotions needed to not give everything in the game.

“We need to prepare for an emotional trip to Parken. It will be a special atmosphere. We have to prepare mentally, the players are used to that.



Paramedics using a stretcher to take out of the pitch Denmark's Christian Eriksen after he collapsed during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday, June 12, 2021








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Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen says Christian Eriksen ‘was gone’ after suffering a cardiac arrest, but was able to be resuscitated after one use of the defibrillator

“What are some of the emotions that can hit us? It’s going to be weird to come back, we’re going to be met with a lot of emotions.”

Those emotions will not be limited to the Danes, though. Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku plays alongside Eriksen at Inter Milan, and celebrated one of his goals against Russia on Saturday by running to a TV camera and saying, “Chris, Chris, I love you.”

Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld is a former team-mate of Eriksen from their time together at Tottenham, and he told the Belgian FA’s website: “How the (the Danes) handled that situation is incredible.

“A textbook example, and for that they have my eternal respect.

How did CPR save Eriksen’s life?

Denmark's medical team attended to Christian Eriksen just before half time
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Denmark’s medical team attended to Christian Eriksen just before half time

The swift intervention of Denmark captain Simon Kjaer, who was one of the first people to attend to Eriksen after he collapsed, and the medical staff saved the midfielder’s life.

“[Eriksen] was gone,” Denmark’s team doctor Boesen said. “We did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest. How close were we to losing him? I don’t know but we got him back after one defib, so that’s quite fast.”

Eriksen’s sudden collapse prompted Kjaer to clear his team-mate’s airways and start the life-saving CPR technique, which was continued with the aid of a defibrillator by professional medical staff.

The Denmark captain’s first aid skills proved vital and Eriksen is now recovering in hospital and considered to be out of danger.

CPR is quite easy to learn and it can be the difference between life and death before emergency medical services can arrive to help out.

So what is it, how does it make a difference and how should you behave if you find yourself in an emergency?

What is CPR?










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Dr Sanjay Sharma, a sports cardiologist at St George’s Hospital who worked with Christian Eriksen at Tottenham, says the speedy response of the medical team on the field was critical for his recovery

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and is a medical technique which is given to someone who goes into cardiac arrest.

That occurs when the heart encounters an electrical issue and stops pumping blood around the body and to the brain, causing the person to fall out of consciousness and stop breathing.

Medics define this as ‘clinical death’, which is the onset of biological death, although CPR can help re-start the person’s heart functions and save their life.

By administering chest compressions and rescue breaths, the CPR performer helps to pump blood and oxygen around the person’s body, taking over the role of their heart and lungs.

Why is CPR so important?

“Time is myocardium, that’s what we say in medicine – that means the longer that there is a time delay, the higher the chance that the heart muscle will never recover,” Professor of Cardiology Dr Sanjay Sharma told Sky Sports News.

“In fact for every minute that passes, the chances of an individual surviving go down by between seven and 10 per cent. So it’s very, very crucial to keep the heart beating during these crucial moments and get the heart started as quickly as possible.

“Not just so that the cardiac outcome will be good, but also that the other organs, such as the brain, remain well perfused so that the individual after survival remains healthy.”

How do you perform CPR?










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First aired in 2018, we explain how to perform CPR with David Ginola, Jamie Carragher and Monday Night Football presenter David Jones

Always seek professional help by calling 999 before starting CPR.

The NHS’s advice to carry out chest compressions is as follows:

  1. Place the heel of your hand on the breastbone at the centre of the person’s chest. Place your other hand on top of your first hand and interlock your fingers.
  2. Position yourself with your shoulders above your hands.
  3. Using your body weight (not just your arms), press straight down by 5 to 6cm (2 to 2.5 inches) on their chest.
  4. Keeping your hands on their chest, release the compression and allow the chest to return to its original position.
  5. Repeat these compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 times a minute until an ambulance arrives or you become exhausted.

The British Heart Foundation recommends that in an emergency situation it is better to try and perform CPR, even if unsure, rather than to not do anything at all.

Muamba’s doctor relieved by Eriksen’s recovery



Denmark's medical team attended to Christian Eriksen just before half time








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Dr Andrew Deaner, who treated Fabrice Muamba when he suffered a cardiac arrest nine years ago, praised the speedy medical response after Christian Eriksen collapsed

Dr Andrew Deaner, who treated Fabrice Muamba when he suffered a cardiac arrest nine years ago, praised the speedy medical response after Christian Eriksen collapsed.

“In many ways, Christian has reacted to CPR and defibrillation in the way we would have expected Fabrice to,” he told Sky Sports News.

“We were obviously really disappointed and surprised that Fabrice didn’t come around so quickly, fortunately by continuing CPR and other advanced resuscitation efforts we managed to save Fabrice, but after being unconscious for a much longer time.

“The norm is what happened with Christian, that if CPR is started effectively you have early access to defibrillators and get a positive result.

“I think it’s just another example that everybody should recognise the importance of early CPR, learn how to do CPR and make sure that you have defibrillators available quickly.”

For more information on FA medical courses which can help to deal with such things as cardiac arrest and how to treat them, visit the FA Bootroom.