Steven Bergwijn has denied suggestions he refused to play for PSV Eindhoven on Sunday amid reports the winger is set to join Tottenham.
It is being widely reported – including in a story by the Athletic’s David Ornstein – that Spurs are closing in on a deal to sign Bergwijn. Speculation first emerged when the 22-year-old was left out of PSV’s squad to face FC Twente on Sunday.
Responding to accusations he had refused to play in the 1-1 draw, Bergwijn took to Instagram to clarify his situation.
“There is a whole lot written about me, which I have also read myself. I am really disappointed that it has come to this, there is no truth to it,” Bergwijn said (as translated by Sky Sports).
“I never refused to play for PSV, and would never do that. I have been there since I was young. PSV is in my heart. I have never refused to play for PSV, as you can see the media spins everything.
“I have indeed called the trainer, Ernest (Faber), this morning, and said that talks are going on, and he gave me permission. We had a good chat, and he wished me luck, everything went respectfully and according to plan.”
It sounds like the Bergwijn deal should happen by the January transfer deadline at the end of the week, though the Guardian claims Leicester City retain an interest in the Netherlands international.
Bergwijn has scored six goals and provided 13 assists across all competitions for PSV this season and looks likely to be part of Holland’s Euro 2020 squad. He played for his country against Harry Kane and England in last summer’s UEFA Nations League finals.
It will be interesting to see if there is any money left in the bank for more deals at Tottenham if and when Bergwijn does finalise a move.