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Van Bommel completes three-year-deal (PSV.nl)

19 May 2005 - Source: PSV.nl

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FC Barcelona and agent Rob Jansen have officially announced that 28-old Mark van Bommel has completed a three-year deal with the Spanish champions Barcelona. Official confirmationRonald Koeman, Romario, Ronaldo, Phillip Cocu and Boudewijn Zenden were all players that made a move from PSV to Barcelona before, so Van Bommel is the PSV sixth player that will be in the service of Barcelona. Media had reported for some time yet that Van Bommel was linked with the club that won the Spanish title last week, but the news had not been officially confirmed yet by player or club. So today it has been announced that the PSV captain is going to join the Dutch coaches Frank Rijkaard and Henk ten Cate. Defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst is another Dutchman in the Barça squad. TrophiesVan Bommel said goodbye to the crowd in the Eindhoven Philips Stadium last Sunday. He had a six-year spell with the Eindhoven side, during which he won the Dutch title four times. The team also won the Johan Cruijff Shield three times and they reached the Champions League semi finals this season. Van Bommel also received some individual trophies, among which the silver shoe and the bronze shoe. He was named Footballer of the Year in 2001. Van Bommel can add one piece of silverware to his impressive collection on 29 May next, when PSV meet Willem II in the Dutch Amstel Cup final. Van Bommel started his career as a professional football player at Fortuna Sittard where he stayed for seven seasons. PresentationVan Bommel will be officially presented and talk about his dream transfer to Barcelona following the two World Cup 2006 qualifying games of the Dutch national team.