‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Dutch international Theo Lucius (29) has signed a three-year contract with Feyenoord that also includes an option on a one-year extension. After six years in Eindhoven, Lucius felt the time was right for a new challenge and he found it at De Kuip, where he will hook up with Erwin Koeman once again. ‘This was the only club in the Netherlands I wanted to play for after my time at PSV,’ admitted Lucius. ‘And that Erwin Koeman is coach here was the decisive factor for me.’
Lucius initially looked likely to try his luck abroad after a half-dozen years in Eindhoven, but the versatile Dutchman was ultimately coaxed into a switch to Rotterdam. ‘I had a very good feeling after the talks I had. Feyenoord really wanted to have me and I was happy to know that. And that Erwin Koeman is coach here was the decisive factor for me. I obviously worked with him for a couple of years and I enjoyed it.’
‘I know Theo well and I think he is a real Feyenoord player,’ said Erwin Koeman. ‘Given his game and his character he is a great match with the club. Theo can play in several positions and he’s a lad who will never let the team down. I knew that he was a bit unsettled at PSV, where he didn’t have a settled place in the team and was really looking for something new. He strengthens our first team, and increases competition in midfield.’
Theo Lucius has played 243 professional games, winning just about everything there is to win in his time at PSV on more than one occasion. But despite that, he is looking forward to the challenge in Rotterdam. ‘It is clear to me that this club has won too little in recent years if you look at the enormous fan base. I want to win prizes here. We are active on three fronts next season, so we have enough chances.’
The defender cum midfielder didn’t really want to discuss his future role at De Kuip when he was presented Thursday. ‘For the coach it’s an advantage that he can use my in different positions, but I’ll leave it to him where exactly that is.’ Koeman was more specific. ‘All things being equal Theo is arriving as a midfielder, he can play well there. To be honest he can play almost anywhere. At PSV he even played left-back against Leeds United and he did that well. But we’ll have sufficient time in preseason to try things out.’
Wherever he ends up, the new arrival certainly proved he has the lungs to cope during his medical. ‘You normally only see that in cyclists,’ admitted club doctor Robbart van Linschoten.