‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord and Lazio Roma have reached agreement on the transfer of Stefan de Vrij to the Serie A club. The 22-year-old joins the Italian outfit with immediate effect, after passing a medical and signing a five-year contract. De Vrij first arrived at Feyenoord as a ten-year-old and broke into the first-team squad in early 2010. He was under contract until mid 2015.
The move to the City of the Seven Hills brings to an end Stefan de Vrij’s long and successful time at Feyenoord. He joined the club after making a splash as a youth player at Spirit during a Feyenoord Talent Day at Varkenoord. After graduating through the various youth teams the defender saw his dream come true in early 2010 when he made his official first-team debut at VVV-Venlo.
Martin van Geel feels that the move comes at the right time for the Dutch international, who now has 19 appearances to his name. ‘Stefan has five seasons in the Eredivisie behind him and he still had a one-year deal here. For him this is a great next step in his career,’ said the technical director. ‘Lazio have a lot of confidence in Stefan, which is shown by the fact that from the very beginning they have been the only club who have made a concrete enquiry about him.’
‘I have taken my time in choosing Lazio Roma,’ said De Vrij. ‘It is a well-considered decision that has come after lots of talks with the management of the club, who made a good impression on me. That has been confirmed over the past few days when wrapping up the transfer. Lazio really showed they wanted me and I’m delighted to take this step.
‘I hope to become an even more complete defender in Italy. I will be playing against world-class strikers there, which is a great challenge. This step brings a long period at Feyenoord to an end, which is obviously something I think about. I’m proud to have been part of such a big club with fabulous supporters for so long. I can look back on a fantastic time at Feyenoord.’