Djurgårdens IF Fotboll star Lucas Bergvall is being targeted by opposition players after agreeing a deal to join Tottenham Hotspur.

That’s according to the player himself, and he said this during a chat with Fotbollskanalen.

Two months ago, Tottenham agreed a deal with the Swedish club for the 18-year-old to arrive at the north London club in the summer.

The Sweden international has scored four goals and registered four assists from nine games for Djurgårdens this year and that includes a goal in the Swedish Cup semi-final win over AIK earlier this week.

Djurgårdens head coach Thomas Lagerlöf has urged match officials to protect his players, including the Tottenham signing, and has urged Bergvall to find a way to protect himself.

“We have been preparing him for this since last year. Many people know that he is a good player who is also young, so many want to step up and make their mark,” he said.

“It’s clear that he has to be aware of that. If he’s to become a really good footballer, because he’s already very good, then he will have to learn even more to find simple solutions so that opponents can’t get at him. It’s important that he can protect himself.”

The midfielder agrees with his manager’s assessment and adds that he’s been receiving harsher treatment when compared to last year, mainly because of his impending move to Tottenham.

“Yes, of course it has become more. Absolutely. People probably want to push me now that I’ve signed for Tottenham. But that’s how it’ll be. You just have to get used to it. It won’t be less in the future,” Bergvall explained.

When asked to elaborate on the Spurs part, he said: “I’m young and there are a lot of people who like to hit me, when a player has been sold for a lot of money.”

This would certainly be a concern for Tottenham and they can only hope Bergvall doesn’t sustain a serious injury, in order to make himself available at Ange Postecoglou’s orders for the pre-season in the summer.