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May 15, 2012

Van Bommel to stay at PSV long-term

PSV Eindhoven have announced Mark van Bommel will take up a coaching role at the club when he retires.

• Van Bommel heading back to PSV

Van Bommel, 35, left AC Milan, where he lifted the Serie A title in the 2010-11 season, to sign a one-year contract with PSV on Monday.

The midfielder spent six years at PSV earlier in his career, winning four Eredivisie titles, and the club's technical director Marcel Brands believes he remains a fans' favourite.

"This is a special moment in particular for the fans who have been waiting for his return for such a long time,'' Brands said.

"Van Bommel told me only recently that he would leave Milan to rejoin PSV. We have agreed Mark will take up a coaching role with PSV when he hangs up his boots.''

Brands went on to insist Van Bommel can help PSV win the league title next year for the first time since 2008. PSV finished third last season, seven points behind champions Ajax.

"I believe I can still be of value to this team and help PSV win back the title after a number of years,'' the former Bayern Munich midfielder said.

"It's my ambition to write a new chapter in the club's history. In Italy, they don't look at whether you are young or old. You are good or bad and in Italy they still think I'm good.''

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