‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Brazilian attacker Leonardo signed a one-year extension to his contract Tuesday, the day before he turns 22. The player has been hounded by injuries these past two years and has scarcely played a game, but is now back to full fitness and recently returned to the first-team squad. ‘I’m happy with the confidence Feyenoord is showing in me. I have to show my worth now,’ says Leonardo, who’s been at the club for over a decade.
Technical director Mark Wotte was noticeably pleased to secure the services of the striker for an extra year. ‘But it’s the year of truth for Leo. He’ll have to show his worth now. Leonardo is a highly talented player who Feyenoord has invested a lot in. So he deserves a chance to give something back to this club.’
Leonardo joined the club’s youth academy in 1995 and signed professional terms in 2000. He soon became a De Kuip favourite and a sensation in the Eredivisie, earning himself a two-year extension at the end of his first season. The player suffered horrific ankle and knee injuries almost concurrently, but return to first-team action in February in the home game against Willem II.