‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord has extended Mats Knoester’s contract, securing the central defender’s services until mid-2020. The 18 year-old signed his new deal in the Press Centre at De Kuip on Thursday afternoon. Knoester’s previous contract was set to end in the summer of 2018.
Knoester has been pulling on the Feyenoord shirt since he was six, signing his first professional contract in May 2015. Last season the youth international played for Feyenoord Under 19s, but also ended up making two first-team appearances. During the winter training camp in Marbella Knoester got on the pitch against Katwijk and in March he played a full ninety minutes in the benefit match against FC Dordrecht.
Knoester was called up to the Dutch Under 19s squad for the European Championship that begins in a few days time, but a knee injury ruled him out. ‘He will recover from that over the next few months,’ says technical director Martin van Geel. ‘Then we will look together at what the best option is for his development. Mats is a talented defender with an excellent attitude, but he lacks experience at the highest level. So a loan in which Mats can play elsewhere to enable him to come back to De Kuip stronger is one of the possibilities.’