Van de Beek reveals Bergwijn tried to get him to sign for Spurs over Man Utd
The Red Devils fought off several other clubs to capture the signature of the highly rated 23-year-old from Ajax, who arrived at the Theatre of Dreams on Wednesday on a five-year deal with the option of an additional season.
Van de Beek's signing has reaffirmed United's intent to challenge for top honours at home in domestic competition and abroad in the Champions League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, as the Norwegian continues to rebuild his squad following on from a third-place finish in the Premier League last term.
Having impressed for Ajax throughout the 2019-20 campaign, the midfielder had been linked with a moveto Real Madrid as well as garnering interest from Arsenal, though a switch to the former fell through with the outbreak of thecoronavirus pandemic.
Now, Van de Beek has also revealed that a move to Tottenham was theoretically mooted at one point - mostly because his Dutch team-mateBergwijn tried to lure him there instead - while adding that a discussionwith his agent just before his move convinced him to make the switch away from Ajax.
“Steven Bergwijn texted me to see whether I would play for Spurs,” he toldAlgemeen Dagblad. “But I chose United.
"I felt ready for the next step. This was the time to go. That is why I was on the phone with my agent last weekend. In the end, there was an agreement."
Van de Beek previously opened up on the role that former United shot-stopper Edwin van der Sar played in the switch, with the latter helping to broker the deal in his current position as chief executive officer of Ajax, as well as the discussions that the pair held about United's history.
Source : goal.com
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