Saturday September 1 2012
Van Bommel hails De Jong

Former Milan man Mark Van Bommel believes bringing in Nigel De Jong as his replacement was “their best signing of the summer.”

The Rossoneri have brought in the likes of Giampaolo Pazzini, Bojan Krkic and Francesco Acerbi, but De Jong was grabbed from Manchester City on transfer deadline day.

“He is an excellent buy for Milan and he plays almost the same way as I do,” Van Bommel told Milan Channel.

“De Jong is a bit like Rino Gattuso, in that he works both for the forwards and the defenders. He plays for the team.

“He was their best signing of the summer. I think he will quickly settle in to Serie A, as all Dutch players tend to do.

“He’s talented tactically and, although his technique isn’t perhaps exceptional, it is effective.”

Van Bommel was one of several veterans who left San Siro this summer at the end of his contract and returned to his old club PSV Eindhoven.

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