Technical manager John de Jong had not taken into account that Mario Gotze would come to PSV. The 2014 world champion signed on the last day of the transfer market in Eindhoven on a free transfer.
‘Schmidt has great appeal to players’
“I did not expect Götze to come. I knew that trainer Roger Schmidt was in contact with him, but it was also a surprising move for me,” De Jong said in a video on Thursday. PSV.
Götze was on a PSV longlist, with potential, but difficult to achieve, acquisitions. “Roger called me on the last morning of the transfer window to ask if we still had room for Götze in the budget,” says de Jong.
“I kept open the possibility that it was still possible on the last day, but all credits go to Roger. I have to be honest enough that I have not taken this into account in recent weeks.”
PSV saw Sam Lammers, Jeroen Zoet, Bruma, Ritsu Doan and Michal Sadílek leave during the last transfer period, the last three of which on a rental basis. Besides Götze also Yvon Mvogo, Philipp Max, Eran Zahavi, Ibrahim Sagaré, Marco van Ginkel and Adrian Fein came to Eindhoven.
Many of those acquisitions come from Schmidt’s network. “You notice that he has a big name internationally. His way of playing is known to many players, which provides an extra attraction to come to PSV”, says De Jong. “I’m glad I appointed him.”
Due to the corona crisis, it was a complicated transfer period for De Jong. “From March it continued in one go until October. It has been a very long window”, says the technical manager. “I am very pleased with how we finished this summer.”
PSV will play its first game on Sunday with an away game against PEC Zwolle after the closing of the transfer market.
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