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Feyenoord captain Jordy Clasie has reached agreement to extend his contract until mid 2018. Clasie's original contract was due to expire in the summer of 2016. The new deal ends speculation over Clasie, who has recently attracted a lot of interest from other clubs. Technical director Martin van Geel announced the news on Friday morning ahead of Fred Rutten’s press conference at De Kuip. The two parties will put their signatures to the contract in the near future in the presence of the midfielder’s family.
‘I feel that I can improve further at Feyenoord,’ says Clasie. ‘With this contract the club is expressing a lot of confidence in me, while I have a lot of confidence in the future of the club. I base that trust on the talks with the club and on what I see on a daily basis on the pitch. I feel the team can really grow and I want to be part of that.’
Van Geel expressed his delight at holding on to Clasie, who has made ten appearances for the Dutch national side. ‘This is fantastic news for the whole club. Jordy has grown up at Feyenoord. We are extremely happy that he will be playing at De Kuip over the coming years; for Feyenoord it’s a very important marker for the future.’
Clasie is in his fourth season in Feyenoord’s first team. The midfielder joined the club’s academy as an F student in 2000 and graduated all the way through to the end of A1. After a season out on loan to Excelsior in 2010-2011, he forced his way into the starting eleven the following campaign and has since become a regular in midfield.
Clasis made his Oranje debut in September 2012. The Harlem-born midfielder has notched up ten caps, two of which came at Brazil 2014, where the Dutch finished third. Clasie has also been called up to the squad for the impending friendly against Italy and the Euro 2016 qualifier against Czech Republic.