Feyenoord strengthen squad with Graziano Pellè

Feyenoord have added Graziano Pellè to their squad with immediate effect. The 27-year-old Italian arrives on a one-year loan from Parma, where he has been under contract since 2011. Pellè is an old acquaintance of coach Ronald Koeman, who had the striker at AZ back in 2010. The 1.93m-tall forward played in Alkmaar between 2007 and 2011, scoring 14 goals. Pellè will wear the number 19 at Feyenoord. Sunday's game at Vitesse comes too soon for Pellè, as it does for the other new arrival Wesley. Neither are eligible to play in that one.

Before his time at AZ Pellè made a name for himself in the national youth teams. After proving his scoring prowess for Italy U20, Pellè was included in the Italian U21 squad for the European Championship held in the Netherlands in 2007.


Technical director Martin van Geel expressed delight at Pellè's capture. 'He is a physically strong striker who keeps hold of the ball and is especially dangerous in the box. Graziano is also experienced and he knows the Dutch league. His arrival is well supported within the club, including head coach Ronald Koeman. We are confident that Graziano can be a big player for Feyenoord this season.'


His past experience with Koeman was the big draw for the Italian. 'I had a good working relationship with him at AZ and we know where we are with each other,' explained Pellè after putting his signature to the contract. 'And I was impressed by Feyenoord when I played at De Kuip during my time at AZ. The supporters of this club are fantastic. It's great for a footballer to be able to play for them.'


Pellè hopes to score valuable goals for Feyenoord this season. 'In Wesley Verhoek a player has come here who can put a cross in, so I understand that I have been brought here to get my head on them,' declared the Italian with a big smile on his face. 'I"m a player who loves to work hard. I hope to get the chance to do well at Feyenoord.'


Pellè arrives at Feyenoord around 18 months after leaving AZ. The striker admitted that he feels home in the Netherlands. 'Although I have to say it feels that my time at AZ was a long time ago, I was a young player when I arrived in the Netherlands. It's nice to come back. Life is good in the Netherlands.'

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