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Afellay justifies PSV stay

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 7 Sep 2010

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(GSM) – PSV winger Ibrahim Afellay has justified his decision to stay at Philips Stadion, ignoring the interest from several clubs.

The Dutch international was linked with a move away from Eindhoven with the likes of Everton, Arsenal, Hamburger SV, Genoa and Fiorentina reportedly interested in signing the player.

Despite the 24-year-old’s contract expiry at the end of the season, PSV decided to retain his services rather than cash in on one of their most lucrative players.

A product of the youth academy, Afellay has conceded that the Primera Division was his preferred destination, he did not feel that any club had been right for him to move just yet and that he wasn’t setting high standards.

“There were several clubs that tried to sign me this summer. Hamburg and Everton wanted me, but there has to be a good feeling with a club. That was not the case, so I decided to stay at PSV,” Afellay told NUsport.

“I don’t have extremely high standards though. I’ve never said that I only wanted to join clubs such as Barcelona or Real Madrid. I’ve been told on more than one occasion that I’m aiming too high, but I don’t care about that.

“I’d prefer to move to Spain. The Primera Division is a great league and Valencia, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid are all good teams. My colleagues in the Netherlands national side have told me about Spain and I’d be happy to play there.

“However, it’s not like I’m disappointed that I still play at PSV. I’m very happy at the club and I never really expected to leave. I was not stressing about moving abroad this summer.”

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