MAKAAY AND HOFLAND OFFICIALLY TEAM-MATES NOW

They were regular opponents up until last season, but now Kevin Hofland and Roy Makaay are team-mates at Feyenoord after the two Dutch internationals were presented to the press at De Kuip Thursday afternoon. Both appeared behind the bank of microphones with a big smile on their face. ‘Something good is about to happen at Feyenoord,’ Makaay suggested, as Hofland looked forward too: ‘This is hopefully the start of good times.’

Makaay’s transfer was finalised Wednesday night. The striker discussed the last details with technical manager Peter Bosz at the home of the player’s agent. ‘I told Bayern Munich as early as a few weeks ago that I wanted to leave if they brought in two new strikers,’ explained Makaay.’ Those strikers duly arrived in the shape of Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose, which opened the way for the Dutchman’s exit.

‘I’m not someone who’s going to line his pockets sitting on the bench for a year,’ Makaay continued. ‘So I wanted to leave, preferably for a good club in Spain or Holland.’ Once Bayern sealed the deal with Klose two days ago, Feyenoord immediately contacted Makaay’s team to reiterate their interest. ‘What Feyenoord told me was very credible and it inspired a great deal of confidence,’ Makaay confirmed. ‘It felt right straight away. Something good is about to happen at Feyenoord. That good feeling is the most important thing. I hope my goals take Feyenoord back where it belongs.’

Van Bronckhorst, Makaay and Hofland recently spoke with each other by phone to powwow about their future plans and they turned out to be in line with Feyenoord’s. ‘We hit it off immediately,’ Kevin Hofland says. All three identified the arrival of Bert van Marwijk as an important reason for agreeing to join the club. ‘Bert definitely played a big role in my choice,’ Hofland confirmed. ‘I experienced him for three years at Fortuna Sittard, so I know him well.’

The defender views Feyenoord as a rung up the sporting ladder. ‘I personally learned a lot at Wolfsburg, but the club has had to fight a relegation battle for three years. Like any club, Feyenoord has good times and bad. Last season was a tough time, but I hope next season is the start of good times.’

Hofland is hoping he can put himself back in the international picture with some solid performances at Feyenoord. ‘It’s a little easier in Holland, than it is at a club like Wolfsburg,’ the defender admitted. ‘But the number one aim is to look upwards with Feyenoord.
I know the club’s aims and they match my own entirely.’

Peter Bosz declared that he was ‘happy twice over’ to be sharing the table this time with two new signings. After sitting next to Giovanni van Bronckhorst Wednesday, Thursday saw him flanked by Hofland and Makaay. ‘Yesterday we presented a midfielder, today a defender and a striker. The team is gradually taking the shape we want it to. We’ve been working behind the scenes for months to get this together. So when you ultimately manage to attract players of this calibre you cannot be anything but very happy for all the people at the club and everything who supports Feyenoord.’
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