McAvennie: This may be real reason Steven Bergwijn is quitting Tottenham
Frank McAvennie has claimed Steven Bergwijn would not fight for a place in Antonio Conte’s Tottenham squad.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-West Ham striker claimed that Bergwijn will not be in Conte’s plans for next season which will facilitate a potential move to Ajax.
According to The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare (22 June), Tottenham are set to reach a deal with Ajax for the winger which would see the Dutch side pay £21.5million for the player.
Bergwijn joined Spurs in 2020 from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and was expected to remain at the London club until 2025 when his contract expires.
The player now looks set to return to the Netherlands.
When asked by Football Insider why Conte would be willing to let the winger leave this summer, McAvennie said: “He’s [Bergwijn] not going to be in the manager’s plans.
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“The manager won’t let anyone go that he thinks would fight for a place in the team. For him to let people go, it doesn’t matter who they are, you know that you’re not going to be in his plans.
“Some players say they want to stay and fight for a place, but he’ll tell them that they’re better off going.
“Whoever leaves Tottenham, it’s for football reasons no other reason. Bergwijn is just not the kind of player Conte wants.“
Bergwijn struggled to cement himself into the Tottenham side under Jose Mourinho and Conte.
The Netherlands international played 32 games across all competitions for Spurs last season, scoring four goals and providing two assists.