Conversation with Schmidt was the deciding factor: ‘He gave me confidence and I stayed with PSV’

Ritsu Doan has indicated that Roger Schmidt was an important reason for him to stay with PSV. Last summer, the Japanese was able to leave and there was an interest, but after a conversation with the German trainer he wanted to stay.
After a successful rental period at Arminia Bielefeld and participating in the Olympics, where he impressed but missed the preparation of PSV, a departure from Doan seemed the most logical option. Still, he stayed in Eindhoven. โ€œI had a good discussion with the coach and was honest with him,โ€ says the attacking midfielder at the press conference after sc Heerenveen โ€” PSV (1-1), recorded by Football International.
โ€œThat conversation was an important moment for me,โ€ Doan continues. The Japanese decided to stay in Eindhoven and compete with players like Noni Madueke. โ€œHe gave me the confidence with a good conversation and I‘m glad I can play here right now. I’ve been playing nicely the last few weeks, but for me it‘s important to keep playing well in the coming weeks. I have to focus on myself and don’t think about other players.โ€