Steven Bergwijn ‘hated’ Ajax after leaving academy in 2011

Steven Bergwijn says that he hated his new club, Ajax, when he left their youth academy back in 2011, feeling they mistreated him.

The 24-year-old joined the Amsterdam club this summer for Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of €32,5 million, but it’s not the first time that he’s played there.

He began his career there, joining the academy in 2005 and remaining there until 2011, but he then left for rivals PSV.

In an interview with Algemeen Dagblad, the Dutchman says that after that, he hated Ajax for a number of years for how they had treated him in that period.

“Not because I played for PSV, but because of how I left and was treated, I hated Ajax in the beginning,” he said.

“Inside, I was done with it for the first few years after my departure.”

As for why he left specifically, he says a poor relationship with youth coach Orlando Trustfull played a big part.

“The fun was gone because certain things happened,” he added.

“I’m an emotional person and was no longer happy at Ajax at the time. That had little to do with playing time. I played regularly.

“This had been going on for some time. Things happened. The bond with the trainer, whose name is not important, was also not there.”


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