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Jean-Paul Boëtius received a very warm welcome when he arrived at De Kuip on Monday morning. The 23-year-old, who agreed a three-year deal with Feyenoord at the weekend, signed the contract in the Boardroom, surrounded by many familiar faces. ‘This feels like coming home,’ said the winger.
It was not the first time that Boëtius has signed a contract with Feyenoord, but it was the first time he had signed one in the Boardroom at the stadium. He was flanked by general director Eric Gudde and technical director Martin van Geel when he put his signature under the contract to officially confirm his status as a Feyenoord player.
‘I have never stopped being a Feyenoorder, but I’m happy to be a player in this team again,’ he said a little later. ‘It’s nice to see lots of familiar faces and to be welcomed with open arms. I left here in the hopes of developing further and taking new steps. It hasn't worked out as I’d hoped. It’s disappointing, but I don’t regret it. I’m richer for the experience and more grown up.’
Van Geel was also happy to welcome back the Feyenoord Academy graduate. ‘Jean-Paul is a scion of the club, who knows what’s demanded here and what pressure there is to perform at Feyenoord. We hope to have some really great years together.’