Sander Berge has given his first interview since joining Sheffield United for a club record £22m fee (BBC Sport).
It is the fifth time the Blades have broken their transfer record since being promoted to the Premier League. Berge’s deal from Genk eclipses the £20m paid to Swansea City for Oli McBurnie.
Manager Chris Wilder has been keen on signing the midfielder since the summer. At the time, Berge was understandably wary about joining a newly promoted team.
However, it is clear now that United will not only stay in the top flight, but have genuine hopes of a top ten finish. Ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace tomorrow, Wilder’s side are eighth in the table with 33 points from 24 games.
This impressive form has allowed the Blades boss to land his man in Berge.
“I’m very proud to stand here in the Sheffield United colours,” the 21-year-old told the club’s website.
“It’s gone on for some time now. But ever since I heard about the interest and spoke with people here and of course the manager, I felt this was the right thing.
“It’s always been a dream to play in the Premier League and now I’m here and ready to contribute to the team from the first day.
“It’s been only one club for me.”
What Berge will bring to Sheffield United
Still only a youngster, as Berge himself says; “I’ve grown up early and I bring a lot of experience and I’m mature for my age.”
Unlike the rest of his new teammates, the Norway international has played in the Champions League. Even the vastly experienced Phil Jagielka never managed that.
Berge impressed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp following Genk’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield this season that the German personally congratulated him afterwards. Klopp later told Norwegian publication VG:
“He’s a good player. A very good player. He’s certainly interesting.”
Berge has also represented his country 20 times to date and has already made over 150 senior club appearances. His signing is quite the coup for United.