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Karim El Ahmadi has agreed a three-year deal to return to Feyenoord with immediate effect. The 29-year-old arrives from Aston Villa, a club he joined from Feyenoord in 2012. The midfielder was under contract at De Kuip between 2008 and 2012, although he was loaned out to Al Ahli for the first half of 2011. El Ahmadi still had a season to run on his contract at Aston Villa.
‘Karim El Ahmadi wanted to come back to the Netherlands,’ said technical director Martin van Geel on Monday. ‘We’re happy that we are able to add this experienced player to the squad, which gives us more options in midfield. What’s more, El Ahmadi has successfully worked with Fred Rutten in the past, while he is obviously also used to playing for Feyenoord and at De Kuip.’
‘I’ve always said that I wanted to return to Feyenoord sometime,’ said El Ahmadi. ‘That time has come. In my first period at this club Feyenoord was growing and that growth has continued in recent years. I’m really looking forward to playing in a full De Kuip again and sharing my experience with the other Feyenoord players. I’m also relishing teaming up again with Fred Rutten, who was very important for me at the start of my career at FC Twente.’
El Ahmadi left Feyenoord for Aston Villa in the summer of 2012 after an excellent final season in Rotterdam. The Morocco midfielder made 51 appearances in two EPL seasons, scoring three goals.