Roger Schmidt spoke to the press at the PSV Campus De Herdgang on Friday afternoon, ahead of the match between PSV and FC Emmen. PSV’s head coach briefly previewed Saturday’s clash at the Philips Stadium but above all answered questions on transfer targets.
Lammers leaves PSV
Schmidt first told the media that PSV have given 23-year-old striker Sam Lammers permission to travel to Italy to complete a deal to join Atalanta Bergamo. “I knew that Sam Lammers was anxious to move to Italy. He told me some weeks ago that he had made up his mind. I cannot but accept his choice. With ten months left on his contract, PSV can earn some money.”
PSV pursue transfer targets
Schmidt confirmed that PSV are pursuing transfer targets. “We need to strengthen our squad with a few more signings to raise our level. Several players are being linked with a move to the Philips Stadium. Director of Football John de Jong and I regularly discuss potential transfers but at the same time I focus on the FC Emmen game.”
One player who is definitely on PSV’s radar is the Israeli striker Eran Zahavi. Schmidt: “He is a good player, one of the best in China, but I’m afraid I can’t say anything to that. Transfers like these are not easy to complete. We have not come to an agreement. He is a prolific scorer and would very well fill the gap left by Sam Lammers’ departure.”
A good week of training
PSV will also be without Érick Gutiérrez and Armando Obispo when they entertain FC Emmen. The other players enjoyed a good week of training after the 3-1 win in the season’s opening game at FC Groningen. “A win will always boost morale. The players were feeling alright. We know we can do better and will hopefully show that tomorrow night. We are obviously looking forward to securing our first home win of the season”, concluded Roger Schmidt.