Technical manager Peter Bosz first contacted Wigan Athletic and Denny Landzaat last summer, but neither party felt the time was right for a switch. ‘It was my first year at Wigan, so I felt it was too soon to return. I was really just settling in. When a transfer to Feyenoord came up again a few days ago I wanted to grab the chance with both hands. The timing was perfect this time.’
Landzaat followed developments at Feyenoord closely from across the North Sea. ‘I was able to see that the club has put in some very good performances this season. What’s more, a lot of my former team-mates now play at Feyenoord, which only made my decision easier.’ Landzaat’s phone calls with Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Tim de Cler only strengthened the player’s conviction that De Kuip was the place he needed to be.
Peter Bosz was tipped off on Wednesday that there might be a chance to lure Landzaat to Rotterdam. ‘We contacted Wigan the same day and we reached agreement with them. We then spoke with Denny himself and his agent.’
Feyenoord had to stave off interest from Landzaat’s first club Ajax. ‘We knew that we would not be able to compete with Ajax financially so we had to act fast,’ explained Bosz. ‘The way Feyenoord went about it showed a lot of confidence in me,’ added Landzaat. ‘The club acted energetically and that’s why I didn’t hesitate for a moment.’
Landzaat joined squad training immediately after the presentation. The midfielder’s registration reached the KNVB before midday, which means that he is eligible to play against FC Groningen Sunday.