|Org||Netherlands National Team|
|Club as Player||Tottenham Hotspurs|
|Agent||Fulco van Kooperen|
2019 07 02 Retrieve
[A summer move would mean the end of an eight-year spell at PSV for the 21-year-old and he has fond memories of his time in the club’s academy, highlighting the warm atmosphere as a particular plus] Things are just really friendly and down to earth here. It’s a very warm and friendly club. You feel at home straight away at PSV. That was important for me and I think it is important for everyone.
2019 07 08 Retrieve
[Inside PSV academy graduate Steven Bergwijn’s rise to the European top] Leaving Amsterdam wasn’t that difficult to be honest, because my parents always supported me and drove me to Eindhoven and back all the time. It did take a bit of time to get used to my new surroundings. You obviously end up in a different city, with different people. But they gave me a warm welcome.
[Inevitably, Europe’s finest came knocking, but the ambitious youngster had no intention of leaving PSV Eindhoven just yet] No, I did not really consider leaving. I was obviously still quite young and I really wanted to make it into the first team here
[He would soon find out that there was a significant difference between breaking into the first team and becoming a key figure] I would play one day, then sit on the bench the next and be back with Jong PSV again another week. That was quite difficult for me. You just have to be patient, though. PSV always wanted me to take things one step at a time and take it easy. But in the end, you’ve all got to do it on your own. I never doubted myself. I have always been saying that I would make it as a professional player
[One of the coaches taking Bergwijn under his wing during those difficult days was Ruud van Nistelrooy] I worked with him at the U-19 team and he was part of the coaching setup in 2017-18 as well. I learned a lot from him, especially when it comes to finishing.
[Van Nistelrooy himself, meanwhile, has been impressed with Bergwijn’s development in recent years] I think he’s shown great development over the last three years. He’s playing more and more minutes every season. He’s playing every game now, he’s decisive with goals and assists. He’s got a lot of personality as well, he’s got a very strong character, so he’s definitely one of the players with great potential
[With 15 goals and 13 assists from 41 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19, there is no denying Bergwijn has indeed become a decisive player for PSV under head coach Mark van Bommel] I have a good relationship with Van Bommel. It’s hard to describe what it is that makes him such a good coach. Sometimes it almost feels like he is one of us. He knows what’s on our minds and what we’re thinking about. He obviously used to be a player himself as well. That definitely makes a difference. It just helps in the relationship between players and coach
[His sublime performances have earned Bergwijn comparisons with Memphis Depay] I’ve heard that comparison a lot of times. Memphis is a fantastic player, so it’s a compliment if people say that
[Following in the footsteps of Depay and moving to Old Trafford might be an intriguing option, but the 21-year-old is in no rush to make a move and has no plans of leaving PSV for just any club] Manchester United are definitely a nice club. I am still only 21 and I am in no rush to leave PSV. It would have to be a good club that have a clear plan with me. I also think that when you join a new club, perhaps a better team, you automatically raise your game because of the level of the other players on the training pitch. If something good comes up, then yes, I would be ready for it. If that doesn’t happen, I will happily stay at PSV. I am happy here and feel comfortable at this club
[Regardless of whether a transfer happens this summer or not, Bergwijn is not afraid to set the bar high when it comes to his personal objectives] I would love to win the Champions League, the Euros and the World Cup, all of them
2019 07 10 Retrieve
[Netherlands winger Steven Bergwijn has described Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk as an absolute beast] Van Dijk is an absolute beast. Of course, it is good to be able to measure myself against him in training with the national team. But not just Virgil, they all play for massive clubs. I learn from all of them really. They all have a lot of experience and almost everyone plays for a big club.
: 2019 07 11 The agent of PSV star Steven Bergwijn, Fulco van Kooperen, claims his client is willing to wait on Bayern Munich.
2019 07 11b Retrieve
[When asked about interest from United, Steven Bergwijn previously told that Manchester United were a nice club, but that at his age he was in no rush to depart PSV] Manchester United are definitely a nice club. I am still only 21 and I am in no rush to leave PSV. It would have to be a good club that have a clear plan with me. I also think that when you join a new club, perhaps a better team, you automatically raise your game because of the level of the other players on the training pitch. If something good comes up, then yes, I would be ready for it. If that doesn’t happen, I will happily stay at PSV. I am happy here and feel comfortable at this club
2019 08 16 Retrieve
[PSV star Steven Bergwijn has signed a new five-year contract as the Eredivisie giants appear to have warded off interest from Bayern Munich and Manchester United] This is the right decision. I had other options, but in the end everything has to fit well for me, but also for PSV. The result is that I’m staying here, with a lot of joy and confidence. That means I’m feeling well here and I’m not done learning. I get to play for trophies here and feel very at home in Eindhoven
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
[Bergwijn will inherit Christian Eriksen’s No.23 shirt following his move to Inter] We are delighted to announce the signing of Steven Bergwijn from Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven. Steven has signed a contract with the club that will run until 2025 and will wear the number 23 shirt
2020 01 29b 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 29c 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 29d 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 09 Retrieve
[Tottenham’s injury crisis grows as Bergwijn ruled out for the season] Following assessment and examination by our medical team, we can confirm that Steven Bergwijn suffered a significant sprain to his left ankle during our match against Burnley. The Netherlands international will now undergo an extended period of rehabilitation where his progress will continue to be assessed
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
2020 03 29 Retrieve
[Tottenham’s Son and Bergwijn allowed to return to home countries] The club has given permission for both Heung-Min Son and Steven Bergwijn to return to their home countries. Both players will continue their individual rehabilitation and training programmes during their time away