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He grew up among yachts, stars and bolides. Left the life on the Mediterranean Sea without question to take his chance at PSV. In Eindhoven, Olivier Boscagli became attached to the Brabant tranquility in which he is meanwhile working hard on his comeback.
Do you usually speak English on the field or would you prefer speaking French?
"That depends on who I speak to. With Ibrahim Sangaré and Jordan Teze I speak French, but with most, of course, it goes in English. Except when I'm mad at the referee, then I speak French precisely so he doesn't understand me, haha!"
How is your little son doing?
"He is now in the age where he is making huge leaps in his development. I see him grow every day and I enjoy that immensely. Often when I'm free we take him to a playground. Spending time with him and my wife is what I enjoy most."
After he is put to bed, what do you enjoy doing?
I love series and movies immensely. Right now I'm watching Ozark on Netflix. That series is quite long so I've been watching it for a while. My favorite movie is Cool Runnings, about a Jamaican bobsled team at the Winter Olympics.
What are you most proud of?
"The awards I've won here! Twice the Johan Cruijff Schaal and once the KNVB Cup. Of course I wasn't on the pitch during the last two finals because of my injury, but that really doesn't matter to me. I did my bit, that's what matters."
Speaking of which, how is your recovery going?
"Unfortunately, I won't be back in action this year. I've set my sights on next year. Recently I started training individually again. I'm making steps in the right direction, but also still have a long way to go."
It's asking the obvious, but what are you most looking forward to?
"I long to be able to play soccer again in the middle of a swirling stadium. To really be part of the team again. There is nothing I yearn for more."
Do you go out regularly to explore the region?
"Yes indeed, we have already seen much of the Netherlands. France is big and the landscape rough. You don't just grab a car to go to the other side of the country. Here everything is passable and close by. So you can even get everywhere by bike."
What do you show friends and family who come to visit?
"I often deliberately invite them around a game, so they can see where I play soccer and experience the atmosphere in the Philips Stadium for themselves. Then I take them to a French restaurant on Kleine Berg. That's where I like to come, of course"
Do you sometimes miss Monaco?
"Sometimes I do! Especially the warm breeze from the Mediterranean and the beautiful weather. Here I still sometimes struggle with the cold temperatures. I also miss a bakery where I can get delicious French baguette every morning!"