“He pushed me almost daily!” – Aziz Behich adds to PSV’s Aussie...

“He pushed me almost daily!” – Aziz Behich adds to PSV’s Aussie influence


Aziz Behich has revealed he was set on a move to PSV Eindhoven the moment former Socceroos assistant Mark van Bommel sounded him out.

The left-back signed a four-year deal for the Dutch champions on Friday.

Van Bommel, who is now in charge at the Philips Stadion, called Behich following the World Cup to gauge his interest in transferring.

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The 27-year-old enjoyed plenty of stability at club level with Bursaspor in Turkey but decided to leave after five years.

There, he chalked up 106 appearances and entrenched himself as a Socceroos regular, at least at the tail-end of 2017 and beginning of 2018.

Behich becomes van Bommel’s second Australian signing following Trent Sainsbury.

Behich revealed both van Bommel and Sainsbury pushed for him to join Boeren.

“He (van Bommel) called me if I was interested in a switch and from that moment on my decision was made,” Behich said.

“Mark is a great coach and besides him, Trent Sainsbury convinced me. He pushed me almost daily to also come to PSV.

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“You do not get the chance every day to play at a prestigious club like PSV who also play the type of football, which I love.”

Behich played all three Group C games for the Soceroos at the World Cup in Russia just two months ago.

Behich will wear PSV’s No.3 jersey.

PSV were drawn in Champions League Group B with FC Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter on Thursday.