Bergwijn’s agent explains why Mourinho was key to transfer decision

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham’s newest addition Steven Bergwijn was left extremely impressed by his first conversation with Jose Mourinho and the Portuguese coach was key to his decision to move to North London, according to his agent.

Bergwijn’s performances for PSV Eindhoven over the last couple of years have propelled him into the limelight and which seen him play his way into the Dutch national side.

The 22-year-old’s agent Fulco van Kooperen has now explained how the former PSV star made his decision to move to North London.

In an interview with Dutch publication Volkskrant, he said: “Steven was impressed, you suddenly see Mourinho on your phone. He knows that Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Memphis Depay have worked with him. But Stevie did not ask them for their opinion, he already had a good feeling with Mourinho.

“He is also known for his good relationships with the players. Moreover, Mourinho knew Steven’s qualities, he explained his playing style with Tottenham Hotspur.

“Mourinho also said that partly due to the coming European Championships, it is a good time for Steven to develop further in the Premier League. He’s ready.”

The Lilywhites have been linked with Berwijn for more than a year and Van Kooperen confirmed that the club had indeed been monitoring the winger for a long time.

He insisted that there was no pressure on the youngster to start performing immediately at Spurs and that he would be allowed time to acclimatise to the Premier League.

Van Kooperen added: “Tottenham scouts have been following him for several years. Steven meets all the conditions, he is not considered a gamble.

“There are no guarantees, it is above all a great challenge for Steven to be able to play football under the best conditions.

“It is almost unreal for Steven how fast it went. Players made in the winter need time to acclimatize. Steven does not have to deliver tomorrow.”

Bergwijn enjoyed a dream debut for Spurs yesterday afternoon after netting the first goal courtesy of a beautiful volley against Manchester City.

Spurs Web Opinion

Bergwijn is a long term investment as it is clear that he has the potential to become a top forward. However, he is likely to take some time to get used to the pace of the league and fans should be patient with him. Just as with Gedson, we likely aren’t going to see the best of Bergwijn until next season.

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