It’s a ‘dream’ to play in the Premier League says Spurs new signing Bergwijn
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New Tottenham Hotspur signing Steven Bergwijn has admitted it is a ‘dream’ to now be playing in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old has joined Spurs on a five-year-deal from Dutch side PSV for a fee believed to be around £25 million.
And the Dutch international is looking forward to the challenge and has insisted it's a huge club that he is honoured to be part of.
"It's an honour for me to be here, a dream to play in the Premier League and I will give whatever I have, whatever I can bring, I will give it all for the club and for this team," Bergwijn told the club website.
"First of all, I loved to see that you beat Ajax (in the Champions League semi-final)! This a big club that plays good football and that's what I like.
"It's an amazing move for me, an amazing club," he continued. "Just look around the training ground, it's amazing. It's an honour to be here.
"I just spoke to the manager as well. When I was a young boy I looked up to a coach like Jose Mourinho, now I play for him."
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The youngster is eager to be a success in north London and is hoping to win the Champions League with the club.
"I look from day to day. I want to be a good player here, score goals, give assists. I want to win the Champions League. I watched last season, the team went so far, and I hope this season also.
"You have to believe in yourself. I know what I can bring to this club and to this team, that's important.
"I will do what I can, and I know what I can do."
He made his first team debut for PSV at the age of 17 and went on to establish himself as a regular in the team during the 2016/17 season where he made 33 appearances.
The versatile attacking midfielder has been a member of three Eredivisie title-winning squads at Philips Stadion, making 149 appearances in total and scoring 31 goals, including a career best 15 last season.
But go back to 2011 when he made the switch from Ajax to PSV, Amsterdam to Eindhoven, about 80 miles south through Holland on the A2 during his youth career.
"I was 13 when I moved to PSV," he recalled. "For four years, my father drove me to PSV.
"We woke up at six o'clock in the morning, drove one hour to Eindhoven, then back to school until three or four o'clock, every day.
"When I was training, my father would sleep in the car, all that for three or four years.
"I know what my family have done for me and I'm happy that I can give this back."