Cocu clinches PSV deal
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Versatile midfielder-defender Cocu was told by Barcelona last month that he could move on, as the Catalan club set about changing their squad.
Cocu has long been linked with a return to PSV and coach Guus Hiddink made no secret of his desire to sign the Dutch international.
The 33-year-old met officials from PSV last week and was clearly enamoured by what the club had to say as he inked a two-year deal on Monday morning.
Cocu, who played for PSV in the mid 1990s, can now focus fully on Euro 2004, which starts on Saturday, after sealing what will surely be an emotional return to his former club.
"I am satisfied to have got this all concluded," he said. "When it emerged I would not be staying at Barcelona, after six fabulous years, it gives you great satisfaction to have a club want you.
"I have total conviction that I have made the right decision and I hope the next two years with PSV are happy and successful."
Hiddink expressed delight at sealing the deal, saying: "The president is glad, I am glad and I believe the supporters will be glad.
"He is still a super-fit player for his age, with all respect. The body is fit, the spirit is fit and the ambition is still there.
"I have known Philip for a long time and I am extremely happy to have got him to this club."
PSV, meanwhile, have loaned Nyron Wau to Helmond Sport for the entirety of next term and youth keepers Yves Lenaerts and Nick Vermeiren have headed out to Heusden-Zolder and Turnhout respectively.