Former Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn has admitted he barely even spoke to Antonio Conte throughout his time on the membership.
Bergwijn left for Ajax this summer time after a irritating season that produced only one Premier League begin underneath Conte, who often restricted the Dutchman to very transient cameos off the bench in direction of the tip of video games.
Speaking to Algemeen Dagblad, Bergwijn mirrored on his non-existent relationship with Conte and the occasions that led to him lastly leaving him.
“When he told the media during the winter break that I was going to be important and he didn’t want me to go to Ajax, I thought: ‘OK, this is not the time to argue. Let’s see if it changes,'” Bergwijn started.
“You work hard and you fill up well, but you always get three or four minutes of playing time. That’s not what I was waiting for. It was very frustrating. Then I wasn’t the guy that everyone sees laughing all the time.”
After the season ended and Bergwijn had not seen an improve in minutes, he determined to name time on his profession, rejecting a late plea from Conte for him to remain.
“I had no connection with Conte,” he mentioned. “I think we only had one conversation after the last practice of the season. Then I went to the director and said, ‘Listen, I’m not coming back. We will find a solution. I just want to leave”.
“[Conte] said, ‘I’m sorry I didn’t let you play much. We had no cup matches and I really wanted to finish fourth to get to the Champions League”. He selected Harry Kane as a striker. I understood that, however I might additionally play in different positions. I simply did not really feel like listening anymore.”
Bergwijn ultimately returned to the Eredivisie with Ajax for £26m, and he has hardly ever missed a chance to dish out his therapy throughout his time with Spurs.