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​Tottenham winger Bergwijn spurred on by ex-Ajax teammate Nouri

Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn admits that he is driven to excellence by his former teammate Appie Nouri.

The latter suffered a heart attack in an Ajax game in 2017.

He has suffered permanent brain damage from the incident.

Berwijn has not forgotten Nouri or his impact on everyone surrounding the club.

"I spoke with his brother and he told me: 'You're going to score for Appie,'" former Ajax ace Bergwijn said to The Guardian.

"And I said: 'OK, watch me, I'm going to score.' I did it.

"When I heard Appie had brain damage, I just can't describe my feelings. At that time I didn't sleep so much.

"In the first weeks I was scared to play, scared to go on the pitch because Appie was a young boy and out of nowhere [he collapsed].

"It was difficult. It's still difficult. I speak to his brother every day but it's still difficult."

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