‘Relieved, but above all very happy’, says Berghuis

Steven Berghuis cannot wait to get back to work at Feyenoord. The forward signed a four-year deal with the club at De Kuip on Monday afternoon and is expected to join coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad on Wednesday. Berghuis is looking forward to the reunion.

‘I’m relieved, but above all very happy. I really wanted to return and that worked out.’ Those were the forward’s first words after putting his signature to a contract at De Kuip for the second time in his career. The Oranje international was loaned to Feyenoord last season and made it clear that he wanted to stay at the club. The transfer did take some time to complete, however.

‘I knew I would have a long wait,’ said Berghuis, who will wear the number 19 shirt at Feyenoord next season. ‘At a certain moment Watford wanted to keep me in the squad. I clearly said that I wanted to come over here. Then you just have to wait. It took quite a long time, but eventually I did feel it would come good.’

Berghuis had several reasons to return to De Kuip. ‘I have the feeling I have more to give. That I can further improve on the second half of last season, become more effective. That was one. Alongside that, it’s about the whole mindset of the club, Feyenoord plays for trophies and to win matches. That suits me better. It was a little different at Watford.’

All things being equal, Berghuis will join the rest of the squad on Wednesday. He is in good shape after doing a full preseason at Watford. ‘We trained hard, two times almost every day. I also played a lot in the matches, one 90 minutes and three times 45 minutes. I feel good. We will see by Saturday. I hope I’m involved,’ said the forward, referring to the Johan Cruijff Shield match against Vitesse.

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