Mark van Bommel was officially unveiled as Wolfsburg head coach on Wednesday, and he confirmed that the Wolves are interested in PSV youngster Mohamed Ihattaren.
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Speaking to ESPN NL after being unveiled at his press conference, Van Bommel said on Ihattaren, “I know Mo very well. When he was fifteen or sixteen, I got him at PSV U19. And I took him to the first team. I think you know my opinion about Mo: I think he is a really fantastic player and just a good boy, who reached the top level with me.”
Ihattaren did not have the best season with PSV in 2020/21, and Van Bommel was questioned about this during his interview with ESPN. Van Bommel said: “I don’t know what happened last year. But I’m not going to call him. That’s not up to me: Roger Schmidt works with him. It would be bad if I call him with advice. You don’t. But everyone knows: Mo is just a top player.”
When asked if Wolfsburg had any interest in signing the 19-year-old Dutch-Moroccan midfielder, the former PSV boss said: “I’m always associated with him, of course, because I’ve worked with him. Wherever I go, Mo will always be mentioned. He’s just a good guy, a good guy, who I get along with too. Could it be? Who knows, we are always interested in good players.”
There were murmurings and rumors that Van Bommel wanted to take some players from the Eredivise with him to Germany, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund target and fellow PSV player Donyell Malen, and AZ Alkmaar forward Myron Boadu being rumored to be targets for Wolfsburg.