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Seventeen-year-old Norwegian youth international Emil Hansson signed, on Tuesday, a contract with Feyenoord that commits him to the club until mid 2018. The attacking midfielder joins Feyenoord from SK Brann back in his homeland. He will continue the season as a member of the A1 squad.
Hansson has trained with Feyenoord on a number of occasions in recent years. ‘He has completely convinced us of his qualities during those training trips,’ says technical director Martin van Geel. ‘We see Emil as a player with a great deal of potential, who is also very eager to learn. We are glad he has chosen Feyenoord.’
Hansson first came to train at De Kuip when he was 13 years of age. In the intervening years he has developed warm feelings for Feyenoord. ‘This time I’m really signing a contract, so it feels a bit like a homecoming to me,’ said the midfielder. ‘At the same time, leaving Norway is obviously a big step, but I have the feeling that this is the right place for me to continue my development. I hope I do well in the Under 19s and hopefully one day I’ll play in the Feyenoord first team.’
Born in Norway’s second city Bergen, Hansson made his first team debut for local team SK Brann in April aged just 16. He played two league matches and two cup ties for the Tippeligaen outfit.