‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord have agreed terms with Southampton on the transfer of Graziano Pellè. The striker, who turns 29 on Tuesday, will sign a three-year contract with the Premier League club, which is now managed by Ronald Koeman.
Pellè arrived at Feyenoord on loan from Parma in late August 2012, just before the transfer window closed. Feyenoord reached agreement with the Serie A club on a permanent transfer six months later, when Pellè penned a four-year deal.
The Italian’s goals ensured he was an instant hit at De Kuip. In 2012-2013 he scored 27 times, netting a further 23 the season after that, making a major contribution to Feyenoord’s second place finish, which earned the club a place in the Champions League qualifying round.
‘Graziano has performed tremendously at Feyenoord for two years,’ said technical director Martin van Geel on Saturday. ‘He has exceeded all expectations, which were certainly not universally high when he came in 2012. From day one he showed he was an asset to the team, so we are delighted we were able to secure him permanently from Parma for a relatively low fee.’
‘Over the past two seasons Graziano has proven himself as a top-notch goalscorer and as a personality with a huge winner’s mentality,’ continued Van Geel. ‘We are very grateful to him for that, just as he is grateful to Feyenoord for the opportunity he was given here. His departure is in sporting terms a loss for the club, now it’s down to us to find someone else who he able to lead the attack, as a successor in turn to John Guidetti and Graziano Pellè. This transfer is a great opportunity for Graziano himself to play in a big championship like the Premier League. We wish him every success there.’
‘I felt I was ready to take the next step in my career,’ said Graziano Pellè. ‘I’m happy to get the opportunity in what I and many others think is the biggest league in the world. I’ll always look back on my time in Rotterdam with very positive feelings. Feyenoord is the best and the most talented team I’ve played in so far in my career. Our paths are diverging now, but I wish Feyenoord all the best in the coming season and beyond.’