|Org||xxxx National Team|
|Club as Player||Tottenham Hotspurs|
2020 01 27 Retrieve
[Steven Bergwijn has denied claims he refused to play for current club PSV in order to force through a move] Good evening PSV fans. A lot was said about me, I’ve read all of it and I’m disappointed with how this went down. None of it is true, I never refused to play for PSV and I would never do so in the future. The media is twisting this whole story; I called the coach this morning and said some things are going on and he gave his permission. He then wished me success, everything went fine and I did everything in a good manner without going behind PSV’s back
2020 01 29 Retrieve
[Spurs then followed that up with the acquisition of Netherlands international winger Steven Bergwijn on Wednesday] It’s an amazing move, amazing club. Whatever I can bring, I will give for the club and for this team. It’s a dream for every footballer to play in the Premier League; the atmosphere, the stadiums are always full. I want to score goals, give assists and win the Champions League. Last season I loved to see that you beat Ajax
2020 01 29b Retrieve
[Bergwijn wants to win the Champions League with Tottenham after completing £25m move from PSV] It’s an amazing move, amazing club. Whatever I can bring I will give for the club and for this team. It’s a dream for every footballer to play in the Premier League; the atmosphere, the stadiums are always full. I want to score goals, give assists and win the Champions League. Last season I loved to see that you beat Ajax.
I was 13 when I went to PSV. You wake up at 6am, go to PSV, drive one hour to Eindhoven and then go back to school until three or four o’clock and that’s every day. When I was at training my father slept in the car and that’s for three or four years. I know what they’ve [Bergwijn’s parents] done for me and without them I wouldn’t be here. I’m happy I can give them this back. When I was a young boy I looked to the coach, like ‘oh it’s Mourinho’, now I play for him. You have to believe in yourself and I know what I can bring for this club. I’m good with the ball, I can score. They play good football and that’s what I like. To play here is a dream for me. It’s an honour
2020 01 29c Retrieve
[Steven Bergwijn has described his imminent move to Tottenham as a dream come true] The Premier League, that is the highest achievable [league] for every football player. Yes, this is certainly a dream come true. It also feels like the right time to take this step
[Bergwijn added on the prospect of working under Mourinho and experiencing the atmosphere of Premier League football] I have always looked up to a top coach like Mourinho. And now I’m going to play for him. It’s great to be here. Just look at the facilities around us. When I play FIFA on the PlayStation, I almost always choose a team from the Premier League. I look forward to playing in that great atmosphere
2020 02 02 Retrieve
[Steven Bergwijn has said his goal on debut for Tottenham in the Premier League was a childhood dream come true] It’s unbelievable. I am so happy to be here and score a goal. As a little kid I wanted to be here and play in the Premier League, so to score on my debut is unbelievable
2020 02 16 Retrieve
[Steven Bergwijn has revealed that he promised to score on his Tottenham debut for childhood friend and fellow Ajax academy product Appie Nouri] I spoke with his brother and he told me: ‘You’re going to score for Appie Nouri. And I said: ‘OK, watch me, I’m going to score.’ I did it. When I heard Appie had brain damage, I just can’t describe my feelings. At that time I didn’t sleep so much. In the first weeks I was scared to play, scared to go on the pitch because Appie was a young boy and out of nowhere [he collapsed]. It was difficult. It’s still difficult. I speak to his brother every day but it’s still difficult
[Bergwijn, meanwhile, has revealed how his move to Tottenham happened very quickly] My father called me and said: ‘Pack your stuff, you’re going to London’. It was fast. I didn’t expect to make the transfer in January. I thought in the summer. But if Tottenham wants you, you can’t say no.
[He also revealed his ambitions to be successful in England] That’s why I’m here. You want to be the biggest, the greatest. I hope I can be that big in England
[Another ambition of Bergwijn’s is for his trademark celebration to be included in the video game FIFA at some point] [The celebration is] one I have done all through my career. One of my friends told me to do it, so I did. I hope they will have it on FIFA one day.
2020 03 23 Retrieve
[Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn delivers positive update on recovery from injury] I’m making progress. As you can see, I can walk now and [I’ve got] my new boot, so that’s good news. At the moment I got the kick [against Burnley] I thought it was serious. I was in so much pain and that night, I couldn’t sleep. It was bad, but we’re making progress and I’ll come back stronger. I’ve had a good time here. I still have [despite the injury] – but these things happen. It’s football
[Bergwijn is among those insisting that public health is far more important than football] It’s a difficult time for everyone. I see now in Holland it’s crazy, how people have to stay at home. I don’t know… difficult times. We have to stay together in this difficult time, but it’s not only about us, now it’s about families and the people outside [the club]. It’s not about football anymore. It’s about your health and that’s important