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Feyenoord and Fer reach agreement on principle on contract until 2022

Leroy Fer has pledged his immediate future to Feyenoord. The two parties have reached an agreement in principle on a two-year contract, running until mid-2022. The 30-year-old’s current deal was set to end this summer.

Fer came through the Feyenoord Academy, where he spent eight years, before making his first-team bow in December 2007. The midfielder earned his first international call-up while at the club and now has 11 caps for the Dutch national team. He also represented his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

After eight years away, Fer returned to Feyenoord in the summer of 2019. Much of the intervening time had been spent in the English Premier League and the midfielder put that hard-earned experience to good use. The fans welcomed him back with open arms and Fer quickly became one of the mainstays of the team.

The new deal with Fer follows on the heels of last week’s announcement of a similar agreement in principle with Orkun Kökcü, who is set to sign a five-year deal. It means that Dick Advocaat can focus on his task in the knowledge that his midfielders are committed to the club.

Frank Arnesen expressed his delight at securing Fer’s services for another two seasons. ‘Since returning last season there’s no doubt that Leroy has quickly proven his worth to Feyenoord. An important link in coach Dick Advocaat’s midfield. He has exceeded all expectations and with his experience on and off the pitch he is very valuable to this squad.’