Jose Mourinho has already explained why Tottenham should reject £27m Steven Bergwijn transfer

Steven Bergwijn is being linked with a move away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Ajax reportedly interested in the winger’s services.

According to Dutch football journalist Mike Verweij, speaking on the Kick-off Oranje podcast, the Eredivisie club are interested in signing the Netherlands international after they failed to land Kamaldeen Sulemana.

The Daily Mail claimed last month that the Amsterdam-based outfit are keen on Bergwijn, but Tottenham would only allow him to leave north London should they recoup the £27million they paid for him back in January 2020.

The 23-year-old is under contract with Spurs until the summer of 2025 after signing a five-and-a-half-year deal following his arrival from PSV Eindhoven.

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It was a fantastic start to life in the Premier League for Bergwijn, scoring on his debut in a 2-0 win against Manchester City in February of last year.

The Dutchman went onto score in a defeat to Wolves and a draw with Manchester United later in the 2019/20 season but failed to live up to expectations in the following campaign.

Bergwijn managed just one goal for Spurs throughout the 2020/21 season, but despite this, the Netherlands winger still had a glowing reference from former manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was the man who brought Bergwijn to the club in January 2020 and when speaking about his aforementioned debut against Man City, the former Spurs boss was full of praise for the efforts his whole team put in that day, but particularly the winger.

He said: “I am very happy because to have that discipline, you need more than discipline. You need also a big desire to do it, also big solidarity.

“That discipline is not only about a plan, it is about an emergency plan which is when somebody makes a mistake or somebody is not in a certain position, you have to compensate and cover for it.

“That discipline demanded a big effort and the guys were fantastic. I am super happy, super proud of them. It was a proper team performance with every individual giving everything. I am very, very happy.

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“Bergwijn wasn’t ill, he was dying,” Mourinho concluded.

Bergwijn’s attitude off the ball is something that should be commended, according to Mourinho, but the Dutchman could be on his way out of the Premier League very soon if reports are to be believed.

Nuno Espirito Santo could make wholesale changes to the underachieving squad that secured Spurs a seventh-placed finish in the top-flight last season.

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