A number of  ‘news’ outlets have reported that Anwar El Ghazi reported that Premier League clubs are monitoring him on Dutch Television last night.  Poor translation, paired with choice words from pundits have created a story where there really isn’t one.
Words by Regan Foy | @Findfoy


A number of ‘news’ sources are reporting that in a Skype-based interview with television programme ‘VTBL’  back in the Netherlands, Anwar El Ghazi has expressed that there are Premier League clubs interested in him. 

Whilst this might be the case, that Anwar may have Premier League interest in his services, he wasn’t as brash to simply come out with it live on television. 

A number of reports have come out saying that El Ghazi said that he has a number of suitors for his services as Lille look to offload him in the summer.

As we tweeted last night, this is a poor translation of what the winger actually said. 

He was asked about his time in England, where he said that he has enjoyed it – although it has gone very fast – expressing that he had loved his time at Aston Villa.

They then went on to ask if he would like to ‘stay’, to which he responds that he would like to be in the Premier League – more than likely meaning with Aston Villa, who have an option to buy on the two-time Dutch international.

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Former Everton winger Andy van der Meyde then chimes in and warns El Ghazi “not to go to Everton”, a joke about the Dutch player’s own experience with the Toffees. Again, with poor translation of the programme, it seemed that Everton were in fact interested in Anwar – which is likely not the case.

In a recent interview with the club’s media, Anwar El Ghazi conceded that he had struggled initially with the physicality in the Sky Bet Championship after discussing his loan move to Villa with other Dutch internationals Ibrahim Affelay and Bruno Martins Indi, who both told him that it would be tough. 

“I was thinking that I’ve played in the Champions League and against big teams and that it wouldn’t be so hard.

Now I know how physical this league is and it’s unbelievable. 

We’re in the flow now, so that’s amazing.”

Should Aston Villa beat Play-Off Final rivals Derby County a week today, then Aston Villa will likely be taking their purchase option in El Ghazi’s loan, and he will be playing in the Premier League with Aston Villa. If they lose, then it’s likely El Ghazi may go to the Premier League if the club can’t afford him.

It’s as simple as that. Other news outlets are just trying to unsettle you. 

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