‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord has reached an agreement in principle with FC Basel over the transfer of Jean-Paul Boëtius to De Kuip with immediate effect. The 23-year old will sign a three-year deal as soon as the final formalities have been completed. The forward will by then have come full circle since Boëtius, who has spent the last two seasons abroad, graduated from the Feyenoord Academy after joining as an F pupil.
Boëtius made his Feyenoord debut on 28 October 2012 in the home match against Ajax, after going through every year of the Feyenoord Academy. He would go on to make 96 appearances in competitive matches for the club over three seasons, scoring 20 goals. Boëtius was capped by the Dutch national team for the first time in March 2014 in a friendly against France.
FC Basel secured the striker’s signature in August 2015, with Boëtius making 15 appearances in the Swiss Super League, netting three times. Last season saw the winger loaned out for six months to KRC Genk, where he scored five goals in 23 competitive matches.
‘We are happy to welcome Jean-Paul back to De Kuip,’ said technical director Martin van Geel on Friday. ‘With the departure of Eljero Elia to Turkey we needed a new winger in the squad. Jean-Paul’s arrival is widely supported in the club. It’s obviously an advantage that he grew up at Feyenoord and knows the club, the players and the coach. His qualities are no secret, while Jean-Paul is at an age where he can still grow and develop.’