Khalid Boulahrouz has joined Feyenoord on a free transfer from Danish Superliga side Brøndby IF. The 32-year-old defender, who was born in nearby Maassluis reached an agreement with the club on Monday morning. He then passed a medical, before signing a one-year deal.
Technical director Martin van Geel was delighted to have captured Boulahrouz, who has 35 Dutch caps to his name. ‘In Khalid we have brought in a highly experienced, excellent defender. His career has taken him to various renowned clubs in Europe’s major leagues, while he also has two World Cups and a European Championship to his name. He is very fit and he can play in various defensive positions. With his experience and qualities he can be very valuable for the development of the young players in our squad. We see Khalid as a very welcome addition to this team and we are convinced that he will be very good for Feyenoord.’
Khalid Boulahrouz said he was ‘hugely happy’ to join Feyenoord after signing a season-long contract – with an option to extend the deal by a further year – in one of the De Kuip business units. The local lad expressed his delight on being handed a Feyenoord jersey: ‘I’m really proud to be able to wear this shirt every week.’
‘Feyenoord is a fabulous club. I’ve been here on various occasions with the Dutch team. It’s a massive enjoyment to play in this stadium. And it’ll be full with fanatical supporters every two weeks. It’s a bit of a dream come true to be able to play here every two weeks in a Feyenoord jersey. I’m really proud.’