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Feyenoord have contracted 23-year-old Karim El Ahmadi. The midfielder will make the formal switch to De Kuip from current club FC Twente on 1 July, ending a five-year stint in Enschede. El Ahmadi, who is set to put his signature to a five-year deal, was officially presented at De Kuip Wednesday, at a meeting with the participants in Talent Pools I and II, Feyenoord Investeringsfonds and the certificate holders. ‘We are delighted that Karim has chosen us,’ says technical manager Peter Bosz. ‘He is one of the biggest prospects in Holland. Karim is very good midfielder who does not give the ball away and can help the team play better.’
Karim El Ahmadi Aroussi was born in Enschede on 27 January 1985 and spent many years in FC Twente’s youth development system. On 21 March 2004 he make his first-team debut in an away match at FC Utrecht. El Ahmadi has become a first-team regular in the past two years and is one of the revelations of the Eredivisie. As a result, he has had a lot of offers from home and abroad, but he chose Feyenoord. ‘The club has been looking at me intensively since last summer and that says a lot about the confidence they have in me,’ says Karim El Ahmadi.
‘That was very important for me. So I’m really happy that everything’s been sorted now. I really see Feyenoord as the next level, despite the sporting disappointments of the past few years. Feyenoord continues to be a fantastic club, and a top club if you look at the history books, the supporters and the players they have here, like Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Roy Makaay.’
Before Karim El Ahmadi finally makes the switch to Rotterdam he still has some unfinished business in Enschede of course. ‘From July I will give everything for Feyenoord, but over the next few weeks I’ll be focusing exclusively on FC Twente and placing for the Champions League preliminary round or the UEFA Cup. I owe that to the club and the supporters. My roots are at Twente and the club will always be in my heart. I’ve had twelve great years there and I want to end them well.’