I played against Lucas Bergvall days ago - what new Tottenham star did to me says it all

Djurgarden midfielder Lucas Bergvall is set to officially join Tottenham Hotspur
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Tottenham Hotspur are getting ready to welcome their first new signing of the summer transfer window. Spurs agreed a deal to sign Swedish starlet Lucas Bergvall earlier this year and he will link up with Ange Postecoglou’s side next month.

Bergvall, 18, has earned rave reviews for his performances with Djurgarden. The versatile midfielder made 37 appearances in the Swedish top-flight and his performances prompted Spurs to fork out £8.5million for the teenager, who had also attracted interest from Barcelona.

Having started out playing as a number 10, Bergvall had been operating as a deeper-lying midfielder in his final few games for Djurgarden. In his penultimate match for the club, Bergvall scored an impressive brace against Mjallby and earned plaudits from former teammate Jacob Bergstrom, who was on the opposing side.

“He pushed me down in a tackle, that says it all,” Bergstrom told Fotbol Skanalen. “That it's not just a nice little player who's good with the ball, but that [has] almost everything, I think. A fine person, a great guy.”

Asked if Bergvall’s physique had changed significantly from last season, Bergstrom added: “He spices it up with the fact that he has gained a lot of kilos. I don't think so, he probably just made it up, so to speak. He was strong even then, I think.”

Bergvall was scheduled to link up with Sweden Under-21s after his final game at the weekend but withdrew due to an injury concern. Instead, he will enjoy some time off before officially becoming a Spurs player on Monday, July 1 and Bergvall has offered some insight into where he could fit into the squad.

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"I've had good matches [as a nuimber] 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 six or eight and we have talked more about that."

As for Djurgarden, the Swedish club received a club-record transfer fee for the former Brommapojkarna midfielder. Speaking ahead of Bergvall’s final game for the club, sporting director Bosse Andersson admitted that Djurgarden were delighted to have been at the start of Bergvall’s journey to the top.

“The way he's handled this entire period since he was cleared on February 2nd, he's done it in a fantastic way and really shown that he's a great player who has an incredibly bright future,” he said. “The sky is the limit.”