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Van Aanholt reveals European giants he supported growing up

3 April 2020

In a live Q&A on the club's official Instagram, Patrick van Aanholt chatted about how he's finding his time without competitive football, his ultimate Dutch five-a-side and revealed the team he supported when growing up.

Here's a taste of what PvA spoke about...

Favourite team as a child?

"When I was younger I supported Barcelona. Ajax or PSV [if picking Dutch sides], both, but I always supported Barcelona, I don’t know why. They produced some [Dutch] players, to be fair. Growing up, I didn't have an idol. But when I went to Chelsea I had Ashley Cole in front of me so I looked up to him a lot."

Do you enjoy driving through puddles to soak Sky Sports reporter, Michael Bridge? 

"[Laughing] We're going through that again! I’ve apologised, it won’t happen again. I didn’t see him. It was not planned!"

The best winger you've ever come up against?

"Raheem Sterling. I like playing against Raheem Sterling. If he plays on the right, he's not cutting inside because he's right footed - he's quick and he's sharp. I like playing against people like that."

Ultimate Dutch five-a-side team

GK: Kenneth Vermeer

DF: Nathan Ake

DF: Patrick van Aanholt

MF: Memphis Depay

MF: Frenkie de Jong

What's the best atmosphere you've played in at Palace?

"Every game. I haven't had one bad atmosphere from the Palace games, not one game since I've been here."

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What are your celebrations about?

"The heart is for my wife. The other one is me and my kids love Black Panther - that’s the sign when they greet each other in the film. That's why my celebration is that. My kids come to every home game. I’ve got a box, so my wife and kids sit in the box and watch."

What position would you play if it wasn't left-back?

"I don't mind midfield, you know, popping the ball about. I don't mind popping the ball in midfield - but in midfield you run more than left-back. Macca and Luka run a lot!"

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