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Why Berge has probably played his last game for Sheffield United after latest Heckingbottom comments

Sander Berge might have played his last game for Sheffield United.

Berge is currently injured and caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom says the midfielder won’t return for the final match of the season against Burnley.

“There’s no point risking anything,” Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield.

“We’re just going to let him recover, keep his fitness up and be ready for next season.”

Berge has only recently returned to action after almost five months on the sidelines.

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The Norway international came off the bench at Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, then started the next match against Crystal Palace.

Yet Berge has now missed the last two outings and won’t play again in 2020/21. The 23-year-old has managed just 16 appearances in all competitions this term.

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While Heckingbottom says Berge is being rested to be ready for next campaign, that is almost certain to be away from Bramall Lane.

The Norwegian is being strongly linked with a transfer following the Blades’ relegation from the Premier League.

Arsenal are said to have had a £17m bid rejected for Berge, who has a £35m release clause.

United are believed to be willing to sell for around £28m.

The Gunners aren’t the only top flight side interested, with a host of others from England also keeping tabs.

It means Berge is likely to leave South Yorkshire before ever really fulfilling his potential.

He arrived in January 2020 as a club record £22m signing and a superb reputation.

But Berge struggled to settle in English football initially – something he later admitted.

The country then went into lockdown just two months after he had arrived from Genk.

However, once football resumed later that summer, Berge began to show his true potential.

The end of the last campaign and the beginning of this were filled with fine displays from the midfield ace.

Then Berge was injured just before Christmas and has barely featured since. Relegation has since been confirmed and the two parties now look set to go their separate ways.

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