Feyenoord have taken up an option in Georginio Wijnaldum’s contract to extend the attacking midfielder’s stay at De Kuip. The 18-year-old is now under contract until 30 June 2012. Wijnaldum, the youngster player ever to play for Feyenoord, has made 37 league appearances, scoring 3 times, since making his debut in April 2007.

‘Georginio is without doubt the most talented youngster Feyenoord have brought through in recent years,’ said general director Eric Gudde. ‘Even in a tough season sporting-wise he has been able to distinguished himself. We are very confident that he will realise the promise he shows. New coach Mario Been also likes him and, if the signs do not deceive us, Georginio will be one of the mainstays of the new Feyenoord. At the same time, he is still a young player who is allowed to make mistakes. With this new contract we want to show him that Feyenoord has to cherish Gini.’

‘Feyenoord have shown by this that they have a lot of confidence in me,’ said Wijnaldum after signing the contract. ‘Now I have not to let my head be turned by all manner of rumours and noises around me and just continue to do my best. I’ve never concerned myself with other clubs anyway. I’ve always focused completely on Feyenoord and I’ll continue to do that. My grandma says I have to finish school anyway.’

Wijnaldum started the season very well, although he has been in less good form since. In recent weeks he’s been among the substitutes. ‘Georginio has shown that he has dealt with that set-back like a real man,’ says caretaker coach Leon Vlemmings. ‘I also think it’s very important to make this type of step in your development as a player. You have to learn to handle set backs.’

Wijnaldum himself feels that he can still learn a lot at Feyenoord. ‘This has been a very instructive season up till now. Personally things are going reasonably well, but the team is doing less well. It’s important to experience this for my development.’
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