Tottenham Hotspur’s Steven Bergwijn opens door to Manchester United transfer


Wantaway Tottenham Hotspur striker Steven Bergwijn has left the door open for Erik ten Hag to move to Manchester United this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur attacker Steven Bergwijn admitted he will likely be forced to seek a move away from the north London club amid links with a move to Manchester United.

The Dutch international has already found himself behind Lucas Moura in the Spurs pecking order and has been pushed lower since the arrival and solid form of Dejan Kulusevsky.

Bergwijn arrived at the club as a 22-year-old from PSV Eindhoven for a fee of £27million in the January window two years ago but struggled to carve out a regular place in the first XI.

A dream Premier League start saw Bergwijn score in a 2-0 home win over Manchester City as he appeared 29 times in all competitions during the 2021-22 season.

However, Bergwijn has only managed four goals and two assists in that span, with his two Premier League strikes coming in that spectacular late victory at Leicester City in January.

Bergwijn’s heroism in that match did not lead to better fortunes for the 24-year-old, however, and he only made the first eleven in four top games this season.

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As a result, Bergwijn is strongly linked to an exit from Antonio Contein the upcoming summer window as he battles for a place in the Netherlands squad at the 2022 World Cup.

With compatriot de Bergwijn Erik ten Hag taking over at Manchester United this summer, the Red Devils are reportedly interested in bringing the Dutchman to Old Trafford as part of their attacking reshuffle.

The former PSV man has now admitted a move away from Spurs is the likeliest option at the end of the season, the Dutch outlet has told AD“A starting place here? Honestly, I don’t think so.

“It’s a difficult story for me. It’s good up front, but I don’t play much. There are still four games left. After that, we will see in the summer what is best for both parties. It’s important for me that I am going to play now.”

Bergwijn spent six years training young people at Ajax between 2005 and 2011 before heading to PSV, and the Dutchman is said to be open to a return to the Amsterdam giants.

“Ajax would definitely be an option. A return to the Netherlands would definitely be an option for me. The World Cup is coming up. Mr. Van Gaal, the national coach, brought me into the team last time , even though I haven’t played much,” added Bergwijn.

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag celebrates in November 2021© Reuters

“Of course it’s good that you score those goals and show that you can be a full-fledged player. But then you come back to the club and you hardly play. In the summer we really have to look for a solution.”

Asked about the prospect of joining Ten Hag at Man United next season, Bergwijn left the door open to a possible move, replying: “I haven’t spoken to him yet, but who knows, maybe it will happen.”

Bergwijn was taken off the bench for the final eight minutes of Sunday’s 3-1 home win over Leicester City, and he hasn’t started a Premier League game for Conte’s side since their 2-0 loss to Chelsea on January 23.

The Dutchman has now made a total of 80 appearances in all competitions for the North London club, in which he has scored eight goals and set up a further 10.

Despite his club woes, Bergwijn found the goods for the Netherlands in international friendlies in March, netting a brace against Denmark in a 4-2 victory before also surging forward in a 1-1 draw against Germany.

The three-time Eredivisie champion remains under contract at Tottenham until the end of the 2024-25 campaign, and the Lilywhites could be ready to consider offers of around £15m for the underprivileged striker this summer.

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