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Feyenoord have contracted young Swedish player Mans Herrmann until mid 2017. The seventeen-year-old arrived at Feyenoord Academy from Helsingborg last summer after three trials with the club. He is currently in the A youth squad at the Academy.
Herrmann has not been eligible to play official youth matches for Feyenoord, so he has only played in practice matches. That includes the matches that the A1 youths played in Belgium at the beginning of the month.
His team mates Kamil Miazek and Calvin Verdonk joined Hermann at the official signing ceremony on Friday. ‘Their presence says a lot about their engagement,’ said Hermann. ‘I have been warmly welcomed by the boys, who I now consider to be my friends. I feel at home at Varkenoord and in Rotterdam. A lot of that is down to Jan Mastenbroek (the players counsellor at Feyenoord, ed.). Without him I probably would not be here.’
At the signing, Herrmann explained that he has been a striker from a tender age. ‘My strengths are my nose for the goal and technique, and I always work hard. Otherwise I don’t think it's right to talk about myself like this. I’d rather show what I can do on the pitch.’
Martin van Geel feels that Feyenoord have not added a foreign player to their Academy roster for no good reason. ‘We only do that when he adds real value compared to our current youth players, as was the case in the past with Polish keeper Kamil Miazekwas,’ said Feyenoord’s technical director. ‘We’ve got a good idea of Mans in recent months, and him coming to train with us a couple of times has not been for nothing. We are convinced of his qualities, and we are also very impressed by his attitude. We are confident that he will have a great future here.’