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Interview with summer signing Jérémie Bréchet (

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Jérémie Bréchet is in fact the first Frenchman to play for PSV, but he will not be forced to deal with a language barrier. His native language is French, but he also has a fluent command of Spanish, speaks English well and some Italian. He intends to take lessons soon to master Dutch quickly.
'PSV made a good first impression'
After all formalities had been finalised, the 28 year-old Frenchman gave his first interview in Eindhoven to PSV TV. 'There were plenty of reasons for me to make a move to PSV', he said. 'PSV is a famous club. They are the defending champions in Holland and have participated in the Champions League for many years on a row. The club has made a good first impression upon me. They have a wonderful stadium and play at a high level. I think this is a huge step forward for me and my family. PSV play football the way I like it to see', says Bréchet, married, father of a four-year old son and two-month-old daughter.
Powerful personality
As put before, Bréchet speaks several languages. It will be no problem for him to speak Spanish with his South American team mates. Bréchet will be able to have a good long talk with captain Timmy Simons, who has a thorough command of French and the new signing intends to learn Dutch quickly. 'I want to learn foreign languages and I am keen to be able to communicate with people on and off the field.' He wore the captain's armband with Sochaux last season after he had already captained the Olympique Lyon side. PSV's General Manager Jan Reker is delighted to have captured the signature of Bréchet. 'He has a powerful personality and has gained a lot of experience. He is the kind of player everyone would like to have in his team', said Reker. Bréchet has already announced he would like to wear the PSV number 13 shirt, just as he did during his spell with Sochaux and Real Sociedad.
'Wonderful opportunity'
Bréchet often remained on the sidelines in his two seasons in Spain due to injuries, but after he had returned to full fitness at Sochaux, he regained his place at top level and did not miss any games. 'The move from Sochaux to PSV offers me a wonderful opportunity to take on a new challenge', said Bréchet, who is going to look with his family for accommodation soon. 'We consider living somewhere in the city centre as we like a town's hustle and bustle, the shops and restaurants. But first things first: I will first concentrate on training and learning the language.'

Click here for an interview with PSV TV (in French, with Dutch subtitles )