KOEMAN EXPRESSES CONFIDENCE IN HIS SQUAD

Erwin Koeman held his second press season Saturday just over a month after his appointment as Feyenoord returned to preseason training. The new coach faced the media together with technical director Mark Wotte and was quick to express his confidence that the squad he has will be able to do a job. Feyenoord are unlikely to be entering the transfer market too often in the next few weeks, but Koeman is happy with what he has. ‘Because I think they can do more than they think.’

‘Of course we’re looking around us,’ continued Koeman. ‘But we will only sign someone if we are completely convinced. First I’ll give this group the chance to prove themselves. Over the next eight days there are four practice matches in which I can gain some impressions and draw some conclusions. After the first training I already have a picture of every player. It’s up to them to fight for a place in the first team. I first want to see what they can bring.’

Koeman was satisfied with the first day of training. ‘There was an exuberant atmosphere, within the squad too. I noticed that the players were up for getting on the pitch. I’m also pleased to be back on the pitch. A great feeling. And the ambience was perfect of course with so many people.’

The rest of the press call was dominated by transfer talk, and Wotte and Koeman both fielded questions. Koeman confirmed that Bruno Basto would be allowed to leave, while Wotte said that Glenn Loovens would be given an opportunity to establish himself at the heart of the Feyenoord defence. If things don’t work out then a loan will be an option. ‘Some clubs from the UK are interested,’ revealed Wotte. The duo also talked about Bart Goor and Salomon Kalou. Wotte: 'Kalou is staying, period. Bart’s is an unpleasant situation, because he’s said he wants to go to Anderlecht. His replacement value is much higher than the amount that Anderlecht have offered up to now however. He’s not so easy to replace, so we can’t let him go as soon as he says he wants to go. He still has a two-year contract and if Anderlecht don’t offer what we envisage he’ll have to stomach it.'

Koeman: 'I’m troubled by the situation because for me too he is a very important player who cannot be replaced just like that. I had a talk with him a few weeks back and he said he wanted to leave. That hasn’t been well received by the fans, which is logical. A few people have expressed their dissatisfaction at the training. It’s unpleasant for Bart and Feyenoord and we’ll have to see how we’re going to resolve this.’

Koeman confirmed that he is yet to name his captain, but said that he expected to do so during the training camp in China in mid-July.

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