Lucas Bergvall withdraws from Sweden U21s squad ahead of Tottenham move and hints at future role

Lucas Bergvall of Djurgardens IF during the Svenska Cupen Group 4 match with IFK Goteborg
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Lucas Bergvall has withdrawn from Sweden's Under-21s squad for their upcoming internationals against England and Croatia due to injury. After playing his final game for Djurgarden on Sunday, the youngster was expected to play for his country before joining up with Tottenham for the very first time.

In a statement on Djurgarden's official website, they claim that Bergvall will no longer be involved in the Under-21s squad "due to a sense of injury". Earning rave reviews in his homeland of Sweden, the versatile midfielder will meet up with Ange Postecoglou's Tottenham squad on Monday, July 1 after completing his move to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the beginning of February.

The player's final Djurgarden appearance on Sunday unfortunately ended in disappointment as the Allsvenskan side suffered a 3-0 home defeat against Hammarby. The starlet played 78 minutes of the contest but he couldn't inspire his team to victory after Nahir Besara's double in the opening 30 minutes gave Djurgarden a mountain to climb.

Having played a lot of his football as a No.10 this season, Bergvall was utilised in a deeper midfield role during the 3-0 defeat. Speaking to Swedish publication Aftonbladet, the Tottenham man spoke about his position in the team and dropped a hint over his future role.

"I've had good matches like 10 absolutely, but also less well," he explained. "It feels like I have found a more even level and can be a little more free and come out and get the ball and control the game a little more as a sixth or eight and we have talked more about that."

Tottenham have kept in contact with the player since his move to the capital was confirmed, although they have not pressed him too much and allowed him to concentrate on his football with Djurgarden. Following their home defeat against Malmo in April, Bergvall revealed that he met with Spurs' technical director Johan Lange for a meal in Stockholm.

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"They have left it quite free to me and they know that I want to focus on Djurgarden recently. But it’s clear that we have had contact," he said.

"After Malmo at home, I had a meal with their sporting director in Stockholm, but it has been at a good level. It has been neither too much nor too little."

Ahead of his move to London, Bergvall has already secured a home and he will reside close to a number of his Tottenham teammates who live in the area. One of the benefits of his new property is that it is very close to a tube station, which in turn will allow him to travel into central London and avoid the traffic on the road.

The player only obtained his driving licence last Thursday and he will now have to get used to driving on the left-hand side of the road once he makes the move to London.

"I have secured a flat that we have been helped with by Tottenham," said Bergvall. "It’s a priority that it’s close to the site rather than central London. It’s also quite close to a tube station so you can get to the centre without the traffic, so it's very well located. There are several players who live in that area."

On just getting his driving licence and now having to adapt to driving in London, he added: "Terrible, then. Just when I got my driver's license too, it's going to be hard!"

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