Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 11:26 pm• Dominic Mostert • Last update: 23:28

PSV should not bring Luuk de Jong back to Eindhoven, according to Wesley Sneijder. According to Sneijder, the possible arrival of the striker would undeniably be at the expense of Eran Zahavi, who played a hero role against Galatasaray (5-1) on Wednesday evening with three goals and an assist. “It would be crazy if you got a striker while you have such a player in the house,” says Sneijder after the game. RTL7.

“Then you should not get Luuk de Jong,” Sneijder responds to the rumors about De Jong’s possible return. On Sunday, journalist Rik Elfrink of the Eindhovens Dagblad that PSV has regular contact with the the Dutch international. “If you get De Jong, you have to let him play. That would be at the expense of Zahavi and that boy would not deserve that,” says Sneijder. Jan Boskamp is also impressed by the 33-year-old Israeli. “He is always in the right place. Then you are a real striker. That is no longer a coincidence.”

In any case, Zahavi has no intention of leaving PSV. “I’m happy at this club. We have a good team. Everyone has the same goals,” says the hat-trick hero. “A lot happened last season, but next season it will be better.” Zahavi was referring, among other things, to a major personal event: in May his family became the victim of a brutal home burglary. Sneijder notices that Zahavi will not be chased away from PSV. “I think it’s great how he handles it. That also says enough about his personality. He is a footballer through and through. He loves the game and is happy here. He is not tempted by other things. He is just having a good time and he’s showing that tonight. He’s been going for ninety minutes.”

Although he scored three goals, Zahavi also said he enjoyed his 3-1 assist to Mario Götze. With a nice foot movement he enabled Götze to complete with the inside of the foot in the top right corner. “It’s always nice to score, but that goal from Mario was really teamwork, a very nice attack. It’s a pleasure to play next to Mario. He makes life much easier for me,” said Zahavi, who has played in the past. played with Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Tel Aviv in the group stage of the Champions League and fervently hopes for a return to the tournament. “I know what it’s like to play in the Champions League. It’s something special. It’s the best stage in the world. It won’t be easy to get to the main tournament. We just talked about that in the dressing room. It says another big fight awaits in Istanbul. We are not going to party just yet.”