National team boss wants Spurs winger to leave ‘as soon as possible’

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Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal wants Steven Bergwijn to swap Tottenham Hotspur for a move to Ajax at the first possible opportunity.

Van Gaal was speaking after the Spurs winger helped his country to a 4-1 win against Belgium yesterday in which he opened the scoring after 40 minutes with a fierce effort from outside the box which left former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet clutching thin air (Premier Sports).

Bergwijn has been in impressive form for the Oranje, having scored four goals in his last five outings as he looks to secure a place in this winter’s World Cup squad, having been overlooked by van Gaal for selection at Euro 2020 (transfermarkt).

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Ajax, with the player said to be keen on a move back to his homeland while Spurs are holding out for €25 million (£21.4 million) (ESPN).

Van Gaal told Dutch news outlet De Telegraaf when leaving the press conference following the UEFA Nations League victory: “I want him to go to Ajax as soon as possible”

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Bergwijn is a good player and without his cameo against Leicester City, we would be playing Europa League football next season.  Unfortunately, for the player, he finds himself behind the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Dejan Kulusevki and Lucas Moura in the pecking order at Tottenham which severely impacts his opportunity for game time.

With the World Cup on the horizon, he will not want to risk more personal heartbreak at missing out on another tournament and is likely to leave this summer.

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