Steven Bergwijn has insisted he never failed at Tottenham Hotspur after leaving for Ajax this summer.

The forward completed a return to his homeland earlier this month, joining Ajax in a £28.13m deal from Tottenham.

He had been linked with the Dutch giants since the January transfer window when Ajax first showed an interest but were unable to reach an agreement with Spurs.

They managed to do that earlier this month, striking a deal with Tottenham to bring Bergwijn’s two-year spell in London to an end.

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The Dutchman had enjoyed something of a flying start to life with Spurs after a £27m move from PSV Eindhoven in January 2020 but was unable to build on that under Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo or Antonio Conte.

He managed just eight goals and ten assists in 83 games overall for the club, failing to establish himself as a key player or get a serious run to prove his point.

He’s since spoken of his frustrations after making the move to Ajax but insists his time was not a failure despite that.

“I don’t really feel like I’ve failed there. I think I’ve also just had a bit of bad luck,” he told NOS Sport.

“I had a lot of coaches, of course. Yes, as a footballer, you sometimes need to be lucky, and I think I showed a lot of good matches, a lot of beautiful things there.

“It was just better for me to make a new step. And yes, I think this city suits me perfectly, also with a view to the World Cup.

“Of course, you have to show it yourself anyway, no matter where you are going to play. But yes, what I say, for me, it is just a step forward in terms of football.

“I think that for the coach, it is just important if I just play. It does not matter where. Yes, of course, we talked about Ajax because Ajax showed interest.”