De Condé made the claim in an interview with Sport/Foot Magazine.
“I spoke to [Berge] at the beginning of the transfer window. He felt better here than a year ago and went straight to the point: if there was no interesting offers for the club and himself, he would stay," de Condé is quoted as saying.
“We received a nice offer from Sheffield United, close to what we wanted for him. Not far off €20m, but it wasn't the club he wanted.
“Playing the Champions League, that's something. Without that, we would have probably lost more players, but when you have the choice between an average team in a big league and a season in the Champions League with Genk, you think about it."