Damsgaard knows the Danish trainer better than most of the others, who made the Jyllinge-born youngster his professional debut at Nordsjaelland in 2017.

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The Dane Mikkel Damsgaard heads the ball during the quarter-final of the 2020 European Football Championship between the Czech Republic and Denmark. (Photo | AP)

ROM: After Christian Eriksen’s near-fatal cardiac arrest, Mikkel Damsgaard turned out to be Denmark’s unveiling of Euro 2020 and helped his country revive a campaign that was almost over before the start was.

The talented Damsgaard, nicknamed “Damsinho”, whose extravagant talent has drawn the attention of the European elite, embodies the enthusiasm and determination of a Danish team who beat England in the semi-finals at Wembley on Wednesday “I could never have dreamed of a better birthday present. It’s crazy coming to Wembley,” said the Sampdoria winger, quoted by Danish daily BT, after winning the 2-1 quarter-finals on Saturday against the Czech Republic on the day of his 21st birthday.

Handpicked by Kasper Hjulmand to rebuild the attack in the absence of Eriksen, Damsgaard is better familiar with the Danish coach than most, who made the Jyllinge-born youngster his professional debut in Nordsjaelland in 2017.

“He’s a great player,” said Hjulmand. “The fact that he was able to get involved and do it on this stage (Euro 2020) is fantastic,” he told Danish media.

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With his excellent opening goal in the decisive 4-1 victory in the group stage against Russia, he became Denmark’s youngest scorer in a European Championship.

The Danes prevailed as Group B runners-up, although they had lost their first two games, and Damsgaard impressed again in the 4-0 win against Wales.

“He looks like a freshly baked graduate … but on the big stage of the European Championship he looks like an old, experienced fighter for the national team, almost like Christian Eriksen in In his prime, “wrote BT.

Like the Inter Milan midfielder, Damsgaard is tech-savvy, two-footed and has great vision.

” He’s one of the players I’ve watched the most. Than me When I was younger, I really looked up to him and played more like a number 10, just like him. “

However, Damsgaard quickly points out that the two are playing different roles and explains,” I am a little more on the wing and in attack than him. “

His performances did not go unnoticed in Italy either, where Damsgaard made steady progress this season under Claudio Ranieri in Sampdoria.

He played 35 times in the Serie A, scoring two goals and adding four assists, not an easy task in a league where youth can find it difficult to establish themselves.

“Ranieri has been instrumental in accelerating my adaptation to Italian football “Damsgaard said in an interview with Sportweek magazine in February.

” I had to take the step by playing more competitive football than in the Danish league … and I have to say that it lived up to my expectations I needed it. “

While he was under contract with Sampdoria until 2024, a successful first year in Italy, punctuated by a surprise outbreak at the European Championships, has already attracted the interest of big clubs like AC Maila nd awakened.

But at Sampdoria he has to wait his time, which a player who was bought by Nordsjaelland for six million euros a year ago is reluctant to let go.

“How much is he worth? I don’t know because it’s not for sale. I have a firm grip on him and we’re going to help him develop because I want to reach the amount he’s worth, between 30 million and 50 million. “He’s a pure talent,” Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero said to potential Repel applicants.

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