‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord has signed Simon Gustafson with immediate effect from Swedish outfit BK Häcken. The 20-year-old midfielder was at De Kuip on Wednesday afternoon, where he penned a four-year contract that runs until 2019. Gustafson is the third new signing ahead of the new season after Dirk Kuyt and Marko Vejinovic. He will wear the number 27 shirt.
Gustafson arrived in Rotterdam on Wednesday morning and headed to the Erasmus Medical Centre. After a full medical he travelled on to De Kuip with his agent, his father and players’ guide Jan Mastenbroek, among others. The Swede was welcomed there by Feyenoord management and ushered to one of the business units to officially sign his contract.
Gustafson is a talented Swedish youth international who was named in last month’s Swedish squad that won the European Under 21 Championship in the Czech Republic. A left-footed attacking midfielder, Gustafson can play in various positions in the middle of the park.
Martin van Geel says that Gustafson’s arrival is broadly supported at De Kuip. ‘We have followed Simon intensively for a very long time,’ the technical director explained. ‘So we are very happy that we have been able to tie him down for several years.’ Van Geel describes Gustafson as a creative midfielder with an eye for goal. ‘That’s why we’re convinced that Simon can be a source of added value for Feyenoord.’