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Feyenoord have added Kenneth Vermeer to their squad effective immediately. The 28-year-old goalkeeper signed a four-year contract with the club at De Kuip around midday on Monday. Feyenoord reached agreement with Vermeer’s former club Ajax at the weekend. The keeper, who has four Dutch caps, was in the final year of his contract at the Amsterdam club.
‘When we were given the chance to add such an excellent keeper to our squad we did not want to miss it,’ said technical director Martin van Geel immediately after the contract was signed in one of the business units at De Kuip. ‘Kenneth is a very good keeper, with bags of experience in the Eredivisie and a good number of appearances as keeper at Champions League level. We’re sure Kenneth, with his strengths, will add quality to Feyenoord.’
Vermeer himself said that he has a ‘very good feeling’ about his transfer to Feyenoord. ‘A number of clubs were interested, but Feyenoord appealed to me the most. This is a wonderful, big club with a loyal following. I’ve experienced that as an opponent in recent years. I cannot wait to play at De Kuip in the Feyenoord jersey. And Feyenoord are full of ambition to achieve the best possible. That is what I’m looking for in a club. So this is a very conscious decision.’
Vermeer has kept goal in 119 Eredivisie matches, most of them for Ajax, after making his top-flight debut while on loan to Willem II in 2007-2008. He made his first appearance for the Dutch national side in November 2012 and has collected four caps up till now. Vermeer has played in 26 European matches, including 13 in the Champions League.