After undergoing a medical early afternoon, De Cler was presented to the press at five o’clock. The defender was accompanied by technical manager Peter Bosz, who admitted that he was very happy with De Cler’s arrival. ‘There aren’t that many left backs in Holland, never mind good ones, so we’re really glad to have been able to sign a Dutch international in Tim de Cler.’
After five years at AZ De Cler felt he needed a new challenge. PSV were initially interested in the defender, but over the past two days ‘Feyenoord negotiated with AZ and Tim himself very quickly,’ confirmed Bosz.
De Cler was impressed after his first meeting with the club. ‘Feyenoord’s plans and the people at the club made sure of that. Obviously, Feyenoord have just had a disappointing season, but I’m taking up the gauntlet here to help the club get back to the top. I like the coach a lot and the plans give me confidence that we will be successful. It’s a great honour for me to play for Feyenoord.’
De Cler is the third player to arrive at De Kuip since the end of the season, after Luigi Bruins and Andwélé Slory. ‘I think the arrival of Tim de Cler and Bert van Marwijk make it easier to attract players,’ said Bosz. ‘That gives us a lot of confidence with respect to possible reinforcements. At least we’ve made a start.’