Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn has confessed that he is unlikely to start under Antonio Conte and is willing to look for a new club.
This season, the Dutchman has made 22 Premier League appearances, although only four of them have come from the start. Apart from teenage defender Joe Rodon, he has played the fewest minutes of any player left at the club, with Dele Alli seeing even more before his January departure.
Conte gave Bergwijn eight minutes at the conclusion of Sunday's 3-1 win over Leicester, which was more than any of his previous six appearances except one.
"A move to Ajax, or a return to the Netherlands would certainly be an option for me. The World Cup is coming. Mr. Van Gaal, the national coach, brought me into the team last time, even though I didn’t play much.
“Then you come back to the club and you barely play. It is a shame, of course. In the summer we really have to look for a solution. We will see what is best for both parties."
After the victory, Conte was asked about Bergwijn's predicament, and he admitted that the Dutchman deserved more minutes than he has been getting.
"It's a bit difficult to keep him on the bench because Steven is maybe... he should deserve more, but we have to try always a good balance," he said.