Berghuis spoke to his international partner about the transition: “That’s how it works”

Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 6:57 p.m.• Last Updated: 7:22 AM

Steven Berghuis will return to De Kuip next Sunday in the TOTO KNVB Cup final against PSV for the second time this season after switching from Feyenoord to Ajax. It’s not a “thing” for him, he says in an interview with the magazine General newspaper† Berghuis also said last summer that he was discussing a sensitive transition with Georginio Wijnaldum, who once traded for Feyenoord’s PSV.

“I really wanted to measure myself against the best. I’m an ambitious boy from Apeldoorn, aren’t I? I mean, we’re not all from Rotterdam, Amsterdam or Eindhoven. “You like Justin Bijlow in Feyenoord or Cody Gakpo in PSV,” says Berghuis. “I also discussed this with Georginio Wijnaldum during the European Championships.”

“He said, ‘If they can get someone else for you, so will the clubs.’ That’s how it goes. The career is short. Choices are crucial. I think you can watch it for business too. As a supporter, you can sit on the club’s stands for twenty years before the Champions League comes. The player doesn’t have that time, “Berghuis emphasizes. The following day, PSV, the opponent of the cup final, wanted to remove him from Feyenoord in the summer of 2019. Berghuis states that this was a “serious” option, as PSV played in the Champions League and saw himself move on from there.

Roger Schmidt also wanted to sit down with him last summer, while technical director John de Jong “expressed” that he wanted Berghuis. “But I decided I wanted to go to Ajax, partly because Ajax was now confident in the Champions League subgroup tournament. There has been no more discussion with PSV,” Berghuis said. In Feyenoord he played very occasionally as an offensive midfielder, but in Amsterdam he has become a key player in that position, which Berghuis also calls mental development because he says he is “weighed” every time.

According to Berghuis, the key moment in this was a conversation with coach Erik ten Hag, who was on his way to Lisbon’s first subgroup match in the Champions League with Portuguese Sporting. “I had just played one in ten games. Two assists against PEC Zwolle. The coach called me to the plane and said I was going to take off. We passed my role with pictures during the flight. , and Ten Hag now dared to do so at the beginning of the Champions League.

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