Steven Bergwijn wants to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer. The Orange international thinks that he should play more with a view to the World Cup. Ajax seems to have the best papers to recruit the attacker.
“I now want to leave the Spurs, that’s clear,” Bergwijn said on Sunday prior to the training of the Dutch national team. “In the winter I wasn’t allowed to leave and then I didn’t make any problems. In recent months, however, I was hardly looked after.”
Ajax again reported to Bergwijn and Tottenham Hotspur last month. The champion of the Netherlands already wanted to bring Bergwijn to Amsterdam during the winter break of last season. Financial director Susan Lenderink and the supervisory board of Ajax thought a transfer fee of 30 million euros was not justified at the time.
The transfer value of Bergwijn is now estimated at more than 20 million euros. The attacker has already spoken to Alfred Schreuder, Ajax’s new trainer. Although he does not want to confirm that himself. He sticks to a telling smile when someone asks him about the content of that conversation.
Ajax is not the only club interested in the attacker who left for PSV as a youth player of the club from the capital. “There are more candidates”, Bergwijn confirmed, without going into the names of the clubs.
Steven Bergwijn is mainly a bench seat at Tottenham Hotspur and therefore wants to leave London.
‘Can’t get to Orange without playing minutes’
Bergwijn has competition at Tottenham Hotspur from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, respectively, the striker of the English national team and the shared top scorer of last season in the Premier League. “I can’t keep coming to Orange without playing at my club,” Bergwijn says with a view to the World Cup in Qatar.
Bergwijn hopes that he will know where he will play next season before his holiday. “Whether it is important that my new club plays in the Champions League? That is not even a top priority. Although it would be nice. I want to be on the field every week again. That is the most important.”
Yet Bergwijn is important for the Orange, even with little playing time at the Spurs. On Friday evening against Belgium, he already scored his fifth goal in the last four international matches. After the win against the ‘Red Devils’ (1-4), Louis van Gaal was lyrical about the 24-year-old Amsterdammer. “Memphis Depay and Bergwijn can become just as important as Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben at the 2014 World Cup,” the national coach exulted.
The Dutch national team is currently preparing for the Nations League game against Wales next Wednesday. The game will be played in Cardiff and will start at 8.45pm.
Nations League program Orange in June
- June 3 in Brussels: Belgium-Netherlands 1-4
- June 8 in Cardiff: Wales-Netherlands
- June 11 in Rotterdam: Netherlands-Poland
- June 14 in Rotterdam: Netherlands-Wales
Steven Bergwijn scored against Belgium on Friday and has flourished with the Dutch national team.