DIEGO BISESWAR EXTENDS DE KUIP STAY BY THREE YEARS

Diego Biseswar and Feyenoord have agreed a deal on a new contract that will keep the striker at Feyenoord for a further three years. The 21-year-old also received offers from various clubs at home and abroad, but decided to go with his heart. ‘I’m not done with Feyenoord yet,’ explained Biseswar.

Diego Biseswar said he was delighted to be staying at Feyenoord. ‘I’ve always said that I had to have the right feeling. I wanted to make a considered opinion and that demands time. I chose Feyenoord because it’s the one that felt right, after all the discussions. I’m just not done here yet. I still have things to learn and I haven’t shown the fans everything I can do by a long way. That’s why I’m delighted to extend my contract.’

Feyenoord’s general manager Eric Gudde said he was ‘extremely happy’ that Biseswar had decided to extend his stay in Rotterdam. ‘Diego is someone people come to the stadium to see. So it’s outstanding that we have been able to hold on to him, despite other clubs, and not minor ones as we understand it, wanting to get him. Diego is illustrative of the new course we have set, with the emphasis on players we’ve developed ourselves.’

The deal ends a period of several months of uncertainty after Biseswar admitted he was undecided about whether he would extend his contract, which was scheduled to terminate at the end of the season. Biseswar first arrived at Feyenoord way back in the summer of 2001, progressing through the youth teams. He made his first-team debut in 2004-2005, but was unable to hold down a place in the squad. Loan deals at Heracles and De Graafschap followed. But on his return to Feyenoord Biseswar has taken his opportunity, scoring seven goals, all of them very easy on the eye.

Gudde admitted that he understood Diego Biseswar’s need for time to consider his future. ‘Based on his performances we offered him an improved deal a few months ago. Diego and his adviser and agent always said that money is important but not everything; that he first and foremost wanted to feel he was signing for a club that appreciated him and wanted to use him over the next few years. Fortunately, that feeling grew in him and proved to be the decisive reason for him signing. If Diego had only looked at the money he would have moved to one of the other clubs that were interested in him. The fact that he didn’t makes this a great day for Feyenoord. We are confident of a successful future and Diego is an important part of that.’

Diego Biseswar will sign the new deal in the presence of his family at a later date.
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