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Bergwijn urges Spurs to hunt Champions League spot

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31 May 2020, 19:12 GMT+10

Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn is convinced he made the right call by signing for the north London club despite criticism from former club PSV.

Bergwijn joined Spurs in January for a fee of Pound 27m, and made an immediate impression by scoring on his debut against Manchester City.

However, the winger suffered an injury in March, putting a halt to his progress in the Premier League.

Despite being unable to build up momentum, the PSV youth product believes his transfer came at the right moment in his career - and that those at his former club who claimed it was motivated by money have been proven wrong.

"It has been good for all parties," he told De Telegraaf (via Sport Witness).

"Things didn't go well with PSV at the time, and I had the idea that everything in the days around the transfer was being put on me.

"At least I had that feeling. General manager Toon Gerbrands has made a bit of a fuss in the media, but he himself has now indicated that they should be happy with that deal.

"The other people at the club, such as John de Jong and Peter Fossen, solved it very neatly at the time.

"PSV stays in my heart forever. My representatives and I have had quite a lot to endure. Like we came to steal money! No, we just came to 'bring' 32 million."

Reminiscing on his dream debut, Bergwijn believes the impression he made against City further cemented how successful his move to Spurs would be - and admitted that his first goal still gives him "goosebumps".

"I've seen that goal again and again," he said. "It still gives me goosebumps.

"For me, that transfer was just the right step at that moment. We were in a dip with PSV, stood at a great distance and the trainer (Mark van Bommel) was fired.

"With that goal against City, I immediately gagged some mouths. It's a pity that I got injured pretty fast after that, but in the end, I only missed one game."

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