Sheffield United midfielder, Sander Berge, has been speaking to the Norwegian media about this summer and admitted there was interest.
United managed to keep hold of Berge in the end as the club held firm on its valuation of the Norwegian international midfielder. And so far, that decision has paid dividends, with Berge being crucial in United’s brilliant start to the Championship season.
However, things might have been massively different for Berge and United. Speaking to TV2, Berge admitted he’d been living in hotels all summer as he didn’t know where his future might lie.
“It was strange. I stayed in hotels all summer. It was a bit clunky to lie in there with three or four half-open suitcases. I moved out between seasons and stayed in hotels for the past few weeks. I sat there and didn’t really know what was happening. It’s been back and forth,” Berge said.
Going into more detail about the actual process on deadline day, Berge admitted there wasn’t a lot he could do as he simply sat and waited. Although, he did admit there was plenty of concrete interest in his services.
“I sat there and didn’t do much. You get drawn into it, but I’m not the one sitting on the phone or talking to others. I’m sitting there watching a series or preparing for the next training day. There’s not a lot going on for me personally other than there’s a game going on outside where I’m sitting.
“There was a lot of interest, concrete interest, you weighed things up a little bit, it had to work out for both the club and me, and it didn’t happen. It’s always nice to sit in one position and know that there were clubs that were very interested,” Berge added.
Club Brugge And Chelsea
One of the clubs to come closest to signing Berge was Club Brugge. It was a bid acknowledged by Paul Heckingbottom and Berge admits the interest was there, albeit reports of Chelsea being in the mix are not so clear.
“It was a process all summer. But my ambition has always been to play at the top level. Even though they showed a lot of confidence and pushed on over the summer, I’ve always said I’ve been there (in Belgium) and was interested in playing at the top level. That was the priority for me,” Berge continued.
It remains to be seen whether or not United’s resistance will continue into January. But with the Blades top of the table and flying high, there is no obvious reason for Berge to move on as things stand.