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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho admits Steven Bergwijn was not his primary transfer target

Published on 2020-06-23 by admin

Jose Mourinho has admitted Steven Bergwijn was not his primary transfer target when Tottenham made their move for the forward in January.

The Dutch star arrived at Spurs in a £26million deal from PSV five months ago and has already impressed in north London.

Bergwijn followed up his decent start at the club with a goal in Spurs' first clash back with Tottenham on Friday.

And while he looks to be on a bright path at Tottenham, Mourinho says it was not solely his decision to sign the player.

"Good player, good professional, good boy," Mourinho said at a press conference. "Congratulations to my club, the way they did it.

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"Initially – and I’m always very honest on this – he wasn’t my first option when we decided to make a movement in the winter. But in the end, a great decision. A player with a great future, can play on the right and the left.

"We’re more than happy, not just his age, but also his professional attitude. The way he trains, the way he lives. He’s the kind of kid that can only be better."

Bergwijn has only just returned to full fitness after recovering from an ankle ligament injury during lockdown.

He was Tottenham's standout signing in the January window, after the club's transfer committee - involving owner Daniel Levy and chief scout Steve Hitchen - identified him as an ideal target before Mourinho was even appointed as manager.

While the coronavirus crisis has put limitations on spending at Tottenham, Mourinho is still hopeful of making some more new additions to his squad in the coming months.

Speaking prior to the draw with United, Mourinho said: "You have now examples already of clubs investing and making important movements in the market and we are still nine [now eight] matches away from the end of the season.

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"But I think we are going always to be very balanced which is what Tottenham normally is.

“Would I expect us not to do anything and to stay exactly with the same squad that we have in this moment? My answer is no.

“I expect us to do some little important things and if we do our little important things and we improve in two, three positions that we need to improve in the squad, I am completely open to the challenge, I am completely supportive to the board, to the owners."

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