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Jordy Clasie (27) returns to first-love Feyenoord this season. The midfielder arrives at De Kuip on a season-long loan from Southampton.
Clasie first joined Feyenoord Academy as an F pupil in 2000 and went on to complete his education right through to the A1 squad. After a season out on loan at Excelsior, he was brought into the first-team fold ahead of the 2011-2012 campaign. Clasie soon established himself as a regular starter, earning the admiration of the fans. And clearly the respect of the players, too, as he was given the captain’s armband in his last season at the club.
In four seasons at Feyenoord Clasie made 155 appearances, scoring eight goals. He made his Dutch national team debut as a 21-year-old in September 2012. Clasie went on to represent his country 12 times while at Feyenoord. He now has 17 Oranje caps.
‘Fantastic to be back’
Clasie ended his 15-year stay at the club when he signed for Southampton in the summer of 2015. After two years on the south coast of England, he spent a season on loan at Club Bruges.
Clasie is happy to return to Feyenoord this coming season. ‘It’s a fantastic feeling to be back. Everyone knows how much this club means to me. I‘ve obviously always continued to follow Feyenoord and I still know a lot of the lads. I’m really looking forward to joining the squad soon and I cannot wait to play at De Kuip again. Playing in that stadium is a magical experience.’
‘This was a very good time’
Technical director Martin van Geel is delighted with Clasie’s arrival: ‘It’s always nice when a player already knows the club inside out. For us it was also a very good time to add Jordy to the current squad under this loan deal. It’s a win-win.’