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Steven Bergwijn hits back at Tottenham ‘failure’ claims; provides three key reasons for Ajax switch

Ajax man Steven Bergwijn

Steven Bergwijn refuses to call his spell at Tottenham a ‘failure’, while the 24-year-old has also given three reasons for him joining Ajax.

Bergwijn excelled at PSV to earn a transfer to Tottenham in January 2020. The north London outfit paid PSV £27million to sign him, according to BBC Sport.

Bergwijn made 83 appearances for Tottenham, registering eight goals and 10 assists. His goal output decreased from his time at PSV, where he managed to find the net 31 times in 149 outings.

The Dutchman couldn’t convince Nuno Espirito Santo or Antonio Conte of his ability last term. He did play in 32 games, although most of these came off the bench as Bergwijn failed to gain a starting spot.

There were rumours of a January exit for Bergwijn, as Ajax’s interest became clear. However, two late goals against Leicester saved his Spurs career – for another few months at least.

His spell at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium came to an end earlier this month. Ajax parted with around £26m to take Bergwijn back to the Eredivisie, making it the most expensive signing ever from a Dutch side.

Bergwijn has spoken regularly about his time at Spurs since going back to the Netherlands. And during a new interview with NOS Sport, he was asked if the spell was a ‘failure’.

“I don’t really feel like I’ve failed there. I think I’ve also just had a bit of bad luck,” Bergwijn replied (via Sport Witness).

Steven Bergwijn explains Eredivisie return

“I had a lot of coaches, of course. Yes, as a footballer, you sometimes need to be lucky, and I think I showed a lot of good matches, a lot of beautiful things there.”

The 22-cap international then gave three reasons for moving to Ajax. “It was just better for me to make a new step,” he added. “And yes, I think this city suits me perfectly, also with a view to the World Cup.

“Of course, you have to show it yourself anyway, no matter where you are going to play. But yes, what I say, for me, it is just a step forward in terms of football.

“I think that for the coach, it is just important if I just play. It does not matter where. Yes, of course, we talked about Ajax because Ajax showed interest.”

Bergwijn’s decision to link up with Ajax should stand him in good stead when it comes to making the Holland squad for the World Cup.

Performing well in the Eredivisie will put him in the sights of national team boss Louis van Gaal. Bergwijn is also highly likely to become a first-team regular at the Johan Cruyff Arena, which never really happened at Spurs.

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