‘I can count on him’ – Conte asked about those Steven Bergwijn to Ajax links

Steven Bergwijn
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Antonio Conte was asked about the links between Steven Bergwijn and Ajax in his pre-match press conference this afternoon. 

Bergwijn is currently recovering from an injury and will miss Tottenham’s match against Chelsea tomorrow night, but is expected to return shortly after.

However, the Dutch winger has been linked with a move to Ajax in recent days, with some reports stating the Eredivisie giants have already had a bid turned down.

De Telegraaf claimed that Ajax had sent over an opening bid of £15m earlier this week, only to see it rejected by Tottenham. However, the Dutch club are expected to return with an improved bid in the coming days.

Conte was asked about the links today but instead reiterated that Bergwijn is an important player for Spurs, and one he can count on. He was also keen to point out that the winger has different characteristics to his other forwards, which makes him valuable to the squad.

Conte said (Football London): “Bergwijn, he knows very well what I think about him.

“I consider him a player that can play all the three roles, as a number 9 and number 10.

“In my period at Tottenham, he was injured for a long time. But I showed him that when he is in a good physical condition I gave him a chance.

“He is a Tottenham player and he is very close to coming back. After the game with Chelsea he can start a training session. I can count on him.

“He is a player with different characteristics than Harry, Son and Moura, he is a player we don’t have in our squad.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

If Tottenham get a bid of around £18m to £20m, I expect them to let Bergwijn leave this month. However, they would also then need to get some kind of forward or striker through the door in order to provide cover in the front three positions.

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