Mourinho makes candid admission over £27m Bergwijn transfer

Date published: Monday 22nd June 2020 3:12

Steven Bergwijn TEAMtalk

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that Steven Bergwijn was not his “first option” in the January transfer window.

Bergwijn scored Spurs’ goal on Friday against Manchester United, with a powerful piece of play and he has made a big impact since joining from PSV in January.

Spurs paid the Dutch side an initial £25.4m for the 22-year-old with a further £1.6m due in add-ons, taking the total outlay to £27million for the winger.

But Mourinho has admitted the winger was not his first choice in the transfer market.

“Congratulations to my club, the way they did it,” he said. “Initially, and I’m always very honest on this, he wasn’t my first option when we decided to make a movement in the winter.

“But in the end, a great decision. A player with a great future, can play on the right and the left.

“We’re more than happy, not just his age, but also his professional attitude. The way he trains, the way he lives. He’s the kind of kid that can only be better.”

Meanwhile, Spurs have extended the contracts of Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm until the end of the season.

Both men were due to leave the club on June 30 but will now stay for the remaining eight games.

 

 

 

“It’s very important of course. Now we’re focused on this period that will end at the end of July,” Mourinho added.

“Let’s see what happens after that but after that (there) will be a few days holidays or preparation for the new season.

“But now, for the next month, we needed to make sure Jan and Michel were available for us. That shows their commitment to the club and also to the group.

“That’s very good news for us because we need everybody until the end.”

 

Tottenham pair return

Dele Alli Tottenham TEAMtalk

Tottenham will welcome back Lucas Moura and Dele Alli when they host West Ham on Tuesday night.

Moura missed Friday’s game with Manchester United due to a knock while Alli was suspended because of his ill-advised social media post about coronavirus.

Japhet Tanganga (back) and Juan Foyth (knee) are not fit, but everyone else is available.

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