Feyenoord earned their third Johan Cruijff Shield win in their history in Eindhoven on Saturday evening. Head coach Giovann...
Dirk Kuyt has taken the decision to remain at Feyenoord. ‘I have taken my final decision, I’m staying at Feyenoord,’ said the player Monday. ‘It didn’t feel right to leave a wonderful, fantastic club like Feyenoord at the last moment. This season nothing will come of it with other clubs. If a tremendous club comes in I’ll listen to it, but I’ll also say immediately that it’s only for next season.’
The timing of Kuyt’s decision – hours after the defeat of Ajax – had little to do with the result. ‘It was an enormous shot in the arm for everyone that wishes Feyenoord well and it did play a role,’ says the striker. ‘But the most important thing was that the time had come to make a call. I thought about what’s good for me and what isn’t and on Sunday evening I decided to stay at Feyenoord.’
‘I’ve never thought about forcing a break with Feyenoord,’ Kuyt continues. ‘I’ll only leave Feyenoord when I have the permission of management. I don’t want to leave in unpleasant circumstances. In the past important players have often left in less pleasant circumstances. I hope when my time comes my departure will be pleasant and good, although we’re not at that point yet.’
The international is relieved to have now made a decision after months of speculation, which have affected his performance. ‘At first I felt that it didn’t affect me too much, although I did notice that it was very much on the minds of the people around me, the players, the supporters and the media. I had to answer a lot of questions and say how things were. That took a lot of time and energy, and as a result it also started to nag and I couldn’t avoid thinking about it. My cramp against Ajax was also revealing in that respect. It got to me for a few days. That’s all over now and I can focus again on the main thing, football.’