DIRK KUYT NEW DE KUIP CAPTAIN

Erwin Koeman has revealed Dirk Kuyt as Feyenoord’s new captain. The striker wore the captain’s armband for the first time against Espanyol in Nanjing. Kuyt sparkled in the win against the Spaniards and admitted afterwards that it was ‘an honour’. Koeman himself felt it was a logical course of action. ‘Dirk is a lad who takes the lead in the squad. He’s also well liked by his teammates, the fans and the press. In that respect it was a logical choice to make him captain.’

The player only accepted the captain’s armband after consulting with a number of old hands in the squad. ‘I thought it was important to know how the team would react to the decision,’ said Kuyt after Sunday’s match. ‘The intention is that the leadership in the team is not shouldered by one man but that we do it together. That’s why I thought about it long and hard before accepting the coach’s offer.’

‘I’m 24 years old. That’s quite a young age to be captain of Feyenoord. But I think I could be a good captain. I’ve played every game for Feyenoord over the past two seasons. In that context this may be coming at the right time.’

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