Dutch journalist Mike Verweij has claimed that Antonio Conte does not view Steven Bergwijn as part of his plans and that Tottenham would be happy to sell the winger in January.

Bergiwjn has been unable to get a run of starts under his belt since moving to Tottenham in January of last year. 

The winger has been interrupted by injuries while the constant managerial changes at Spurs have not helped him either, with Antonio Conte being the third full-time head coach he has had to win over in the less than two years he has spent in North London.

The 24-year-old might have got his first start under Conte in the Europa Conference League clash against NS Mura last week but he once again missed out on the squad.

While speaking about Ajax’s interest in snapping up Bergwijn, Verweij has now asserted that the attacker has hardly been spoken to by Conte.

The journalist also revealed that Conte previously turned down the chance to take Bergwijn to Inter Milan.

Verweij said on De Telegraaf’s football podcast (as relayed by Soccer News): “That interest in Bergwijn has been made known. Conte does not see it in him at all. 

“Conte is also the one who opposed Bergwijn’s transfer from PSV to Italy. Inter was an interested club at the time, but Conte did not need him.

“Conte has only said two words to Bergwijn in two weeks at Tottenham Hotspur. That is why Ajax can consider him, but first Ajax will have to sell Neres.”

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It would be surprising to me if Conte has already decided that Bergwijn is not part of his plans. On the face of it, the Dutchman seems like a very much a Conte style of player.

Not only is the 24-year-old a hard worker on and off the ball but he is also quite direct and versatile. It will be interesting to see if the Italian does hand him opportunities over the coming weeks.

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