Feyenoord strengthen squad with Eljero Elia

Eljero Elia signed a two-year contract with Feyenoord on Thursday morning. The 28-year-old winger, who passed his medical on Wednesday, joins the club from Werder Bremen with immediate effect. Elia will wear the number 11 shirt at Feyenoord, which was vacated earlier this week by Jean-Paul Boëtius, who moved to FC Basel.

‘Eljero has expressly chosen to take the sporting challenge at Feyenoord,’ says technical director Martin van Geel. ‘In recent years he has played at big clubs in major European leagues. With that experience and his qualities he will certainly be able to help our team progress. We are delighted that Eljero has chosen Feyenoord.’

Born in Voorburg just outside The Hague, Elia made his Eredivisie debut for ADO Den Haag in 2005. After two seasons he made the switch to FC Twente, where he was a first-team regular for two years before moving to Hamburger SV.

Elia continued his career at Juventus (2011-2012) and Werder Bremen (2012-2015). The German club loaned him to Ronald Koeman’s Southampton for the second half of last season.

Elia has made 28 appearances for the Dutch national team and was part of the 2010 World Cup squad that made it to the final. Elia played six times in South Africa, including a twenty-minute appearance in that final as a substitute, when he came on for Dirk Kuyt.

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