Djurgården director unveils clever hidden clause in Spurs £8.5m Bergvall deal

Spurs announced the signing of Lucas Bergvall earlier this month with the wonderkid set to join in the summer.
Djurgården manager Bosse Andersson (Image: Getty Images)Djurgården manager Bosse Andersson (Image: Getty Images)
Djurgården manager Bosse Andersson (Image: Getty Images)

Djurgården director Bosse Anderson is believed to have unveiled more details in the negotiations that allowed Tottenham Hotspur to secure a £8.5 million move for promising youngster Lucas Bergvall earlier this month.

Spurs confirmed that a deal had been reached for the 18-year-old, who had also been wanted by Catalan giants Barcelona, on February 2. The agreement came after Deadline Day and is in place for the midfielder to move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 1 with a contract set to run until 2029.

The deal for the Swede marked a real sign of intent from Spurs and Ange Postecoglou and it appears that the club will travel to Sweden in the near future as part of the agreement. Oskar Kiisk of EFL Podden in Stockholm wrote on X: "According to Bosse Andersson, the Lucas Bergvall deal involves a friendly between Djurgården and Tottenham in Stockholm."

That aspect of the deal is yet to be confirmed by Tottenham Hotspur and any upcoming summer friendly would likely only be announced nearer the time. Djurgården play their football at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, which boasts a capacity of 30,000 and is often used as a concert venue, hosting stars including Rihanna, Madonna and Justin Bieber in recent years.

Speaking about the signing of Bergvall, Postecoglou said: "I think he’s a really talented young player. Obviously he’s just beginning his career. Johan [Lange] and the scouting department did a lot of work with him. We met the family, great family and he’s a great kid. Let’s just wait until he’s got his slippers under the door here before we start putting expectations around him."

Djurgården manager Bosse Andersson (Image: Getty Images)Djurgården manager Bosse Andersson (Image: Getty Images)
Djurgården manager Bosse Andersson (Image: Getty Images)

The Australian has made improving the Spurs youth academy a priority of his tenure in North London. Postecoglou has said: "That's what we're doing at first team level. We've still got a lot of work to do at academy level. We've got a great man there in Simon who has worked at some of best academies going and he knows what’s needed. We've got some good coaches in there now. This year has been better but in terms of a production line of young players, I think we’re still well behind other clubs.

"There was already a process in place before I came in and yeah like I said, some of it is around the methodology we use, but also a little bit of opportunity. I guess if young players don't feel there is an opportunity here maybe we don't get the best ones or maybe we don't provide the opportunities for the best ones, so my role in that is to make sure the good ones we have do get an opportunity.

"And secondly, other good young players around the country, not just around the world, see this as a club where if you are talented, you will get an opportunity."