‘I used to talk to him’

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 07:37• Tom Rofekamp • Last update: 08:15

Luuk de Jong hopes that Cody Gakpo will be kept for PSV this season. The brand new striker of the Eindhoven team sees an important factor in the club’s attacking punch in his 23-year-old companion in the vanguard. Gakpo can count on concrete interest from the Premier League, but if it’s up to De Jong, he will stay for a while: “I used to talk to him and I still do.”

In an extensive interview with Football International De Jong discusses the current transfer summer and his expectations for next season. “I think things are going well in this team, especially with the boys who have been brought in. Guus (Til, ed.) can score a goal from midfield, Cody too – hopefully he stays – and Noni Madueke of course also from the side .” De Jong elaborates on the second name, which he saw debut in February 2018 during his first period at the club: “When he came, the talent was already splashing.”

De Jong immediately presented himself as a mentor for the then eighteen-year-old winger, who is now a regular customer in Orange. Gakpo and De Jong played together at PSV until 2019, until the latter opted for an adventure at Sevilla. “I used to talk to him in the past, I also did it for the Dutch national team and I still do it,” says De Jong. “I think he can have another very good year, end it with a championship and then take a nice step. But we’ll see what he does.”

Gakpo has developed into an absolute trendsetter in Eindhoven in recent seasons and can count on concrete interest, especially from England. Arsenal would be very interested, while Leeds United, according to the Eindhovens Dagblad already reported to PSV. Leeds saw Gakpo as the main candidate to succeed Raphinha, who seems to be moving to Chelsea or Barcelona. Well seem the Whites with the signing of Luis Sinisterra from Feyenoord now to be provided. Gakpo is not allowed to leave Eindhoven for anything except the main prize: it is said that interested clubs have to put far above 40 million euros on the table. This would break the current outgoing transfer record, which is still in the hands of Hirving Lozano (for 40 million euros to Napoli in 2019).


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