Feyenoord have agreed a deal to bring Luigi Bruins to De Kuip on a four-year contract, subject to a medical. The midfielder will finish the season off at Excelsior, where he burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old two years ago. Despite his tender age, Bruins has already racked up 50 league appearances for the red and blacks, included 20 in the Eredivisie, and has five goals to his name this season. ‘We are delighted to have signed this talented youngster,’ enthused technical manager Peter Bosz.

‘Luigi is a very talented lad with some special qualities,’ continued Bosz. ‘We are very happy he has chosen Feyenoord.’ Bruins has been attracting attention from a number of domestic and foreign clubs, but the pull of his hometown club was too great in the end. ‘I have been weighing things up for a long while, but I have thought long and hard about my final decision. And now I feel great about choosing Feyenoord,’ said Bruins. ‘I’m a real Rotterdam lad and I’m proud that I’ll soon be playing for this club at De Kuip. I always wanted that and now it’s going to happen. The advantage is that I can stay where I am. Feyenoord is the best choice for me in every respect.’

Before Bruins arrives at De Kuip this summer, he aims to help retain Excelsior’s Eredivisie status. ‘Now I’ve taken my decision I can focus fully on staving off relegation with Excelsior. This would not be the best time to come into Feyenoord, who are having a tough season. Everyone starts afresh in the summer.’

Excelsior’s general manager Simon Kelder is also happy that his pupil has chosen Feyenoord and that the partnership between the two clubs has once again proven its value. ‘A huge number of clubs sounded us out, but at the end of the day it’s the player who decides where he’s going, partnership or not. Luigi has chosen Feyenoord himself and I’m proud that in him and Slory Excelsior are again supplying two players to the highest level. On the other hand it is a real pity that we are losing them, but that’s the way of the world. I hope they do all they can during their last six months to help keep Excelsior in the Eredivisie.’

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