Lille acquisition Botman with thoughts at AZ: ‘I don’t want to rush it’


Sven Botman does not expect major adjustment problems at Lille OSC. The French club, which brought him in for eight million euros this week, reminds him of Ajax.

Botman was presented on Friday, trained for the first time on Saturday, gave a press conference the same day and saw Lille book an exhibition win at Anderlecht. “It was a long day, but it was a good one. The game was great, they won and I immediately got a good impression of how they play,” Botman told Voetbal International.

“It looks good, I’m looking forward to getting started,” he continues. “Next week we have a practice match against AZ, I hope I can join then, but I have to get fit first. I don’t want to rush it.”

The 20-year-old defender is impressed by Lille. “The stadium is really beautiful, and really very big. The complex is also very beautiful. You can compare it a bit with Ajax, how it all looks. And also in terms of training and developing young players. The Ajax of France? It looks a bit like it, yes. “


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