Sander Berge makes a big admission about bringing European football to Sheffield United after £22m club-record deal

Sander Berge has opened up on the reasons he elected to join Sheffield United, after revealing his ambition is to help seal European football for the Blades next season.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 6:00 am

Berge became the most expensive player in United's history last week when he joined from Genk in a £22m deal, and made his Blades debut in their 1-0 win at Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Chris Wilder's men ended the weekend sixth in the Premier League table, just five points behind Chelsea in the fourth Champions League spot, and Norweigan international Berge could make his home bow on Sunday when the Blades host AFC Bournemouth at Bramall Lane.

United have never played in an European competition throughout their long history, but Berge revealed that is the aim.

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“It has just started but the club is getting better and better," said Berge, surely the quickest player in United's history to have his own terrace anthem - to the tune of Oasis' She's Electric.

"To win and go fifth in my first game is fantastic. But we cannot stop there. We must push forward. The song is all about playing in Europe next season. That is the ambition.”

Berge revealed the influence of Wilder, who has led his boyhood club to two promotions, was key in his decision to join United.

"I had followed the team closely for a long period,” said Berge.

Crystal Palace's James McArthur is challenged by Sheffield United's Sander Berge: Paul Terry/Sportimage

“I had seen how Sheffield United had developed over these months. I watched how they play and thought this would suit me.

“With Chris the manager and the way he spoke to me about my role, that helped my decision. It is a very humble, down-to-earth club and all of those things suit me.

“They pushed so much to get me and that gives me a very good feeling. The dressing room is the best I have ever been in. This club is developing. There is big ambition."

Meanwhile, United expect striker David McGoldrick to be fit to face Bournemouth after missing United’s last four games with a foot complaint.

The game against Bournemouth is live on BT Sport and is followed by United’s winter break.