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Crystal Palace fullback Van Aanholt: Emenalo blocked me winning Eredivisie title

Crystal Palace fullback Patrick van Aanholt has recalled missing out on the Eredivisie title while with Chelsea.

Van Aanholt was originally brought to England by the Blues and he recalls arguing with former technical chief Michael Emenalo over his loan options.

He told the Athletic: "Michael Emenalo was the technical director.

“I spoke to him a few times. I even yelled at him! After my loan period with Wigan Athletic ended, I had an agreement to go to FC Twente. They were at the top in the Netherlands at the time.

Steve McClaren was the trainer and I wanted to play for him. He really wanted me and I thought, 'Cool!' But Michael then called me and told me I had to go to Vitesse.

"I said to him, 'No, I don't want to go to Vitesse, I want to go to FC Twente'. However, he said, 'No, you have to go to Vitesse'. I then accepted it, but when I got there I didn't play. "

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