Ruud van Nistelrooy concerned by interest of Chelsea target Noni Madueke

Noni Madueke’s growing interest from other clubs is a growing worry of PSV Eindhoven’s head coach Ruud van Nistelrooy, Voetbal International reports.

Madueke, 20, has been linked with a move away from the Philips Stadion with Chelsea believed to be the frontrunners to sign the winger which will be the second major departure from the Eredivisie side.

Van Nistelrooy already has to deal with the loss of top scorer Cody Gakpo – which captain Luuk De Jong admits has not been easy on the side so far – and now could be dealt with the blow of losing the English winger who has missed the majority of the season with an ankle injury.

Speaking before their draw against Fortuna Sittard, Van Nistelrooy said: “I also know about that interest in Noni. I’d rather not [see him go], but that’s not up to me. 

“The fact that there is a lot of interest in him, is of course due to his quality and his performance. But that worries me. Because we have to see if we can keep him, of course I really hope for that.”

A former PSV striker himself, Van Nistelrooy has made it clear to his that he does not want to see players go in the January transfer window but sometimes has to make exceptions on the matter – like Liverpool’s offer for Gakpo.

He added: “I have already stated my wish: that no player would leave during the winter break. That also applied to Gakpo and that applies to every player. As a trainer you just want to keep your best players, that’s clear.

“But there can also be situations like with Cody, where a certain type of club comes with a certain offer, so that a player and the club come to the conclusion that it can no longer be stopped. I don’t hope for another scenario like this, but I can’t rule it out.”

GBeNeFN | Tom Phillips

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