Luuk de Jong will definitely return to PSV, the player and his previous club Sevilla have confirmed this afternoon. He will join the selection of trainer Ruud van Nistelrooij after the weekend.
De Jong previously played for PSV from 2014 to 2019, during which time he won the national title three times with the club. PSV is now taking over the striker from Sevilla, which paid 15 million euros for De Jong three years ago.
“Strong negotiations with Sevilla were necessary and luckily a breakthrough arose on Friday evening,” said John de Jong, PSV director of football affairs. “Last season we also made an attempt to bring Luuk back to PSV. I’m glad it worked now. Luuk brings us experience, leadership and goals and can already go to Germany on Monday to prepare for the selection.”
De Jong, who was leased by Sevilla to FC Barcelona last season, says he is happy with his return. ,,In all the years I played here, we went for the title. It seems logical to me that I want to do that again. The club is building something beautiful.”
De Jong is referring to the return of Marcel Brands to the club, this time as general manager, and the arrival of head coach Van Nistelrooij. They also spoke about the goal of going for the national title next season.
Sevilla FC made a mistake on Friday evening by already posting a farewell message on its own website. That was later quickly removed, but a number of social media users spread it and it went viral.
PSV strengthened itself earlier this transfer period with goalkeepers Walter Benítez (OGC Nice) and Boy Waterman (OFI Crete), defender Ki-Jana Hoever (Wolverhampton Wanderers) and midfielder Xavi Simons (Paris Saint-Germain).
Cup winner PSV will play against national champions Ajax on Saturday 30 July in the battle for the Johan Cruijff Scale. On Sunday 7 August, PSV will open the new season in the Eredivisie with the home game against FC Emmen. Then duels with Go Ahead Eagles, FC Volendam and Excelsior await.
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