Technical director Frank Arnesen is delighted with the arrival of the former Eredivisie top scorer: ‘In Alireza we’re adding the attacking reinforcement we wanted to the squad. A player who has a proven goalscoring record. Plus, he’s now at a stage in his career when he can add huge value for us.’
Jahanbaksh is looking forward to repaying Feyenoord’s confidence in him. ‘I cannot wait to get out onto the pitch here. As assistant coach when I was at AZ, Arne Slot is one of the people who have helped me become a better player. So when he called and asked if I wanted to come to Feyenoord, I told him I would do everything I could to make this transfer happen. I didn’t have any doubts.’
After three years as a professional in his homeland Iran, Alireza Jahanbakhsh moved to the Netherlands in 2013. In his five-year stay, he played four seasons in the top division, making 140 league appearances and scoring 51 goals. After topping the Eredivisie goalscoring charts in the 2017-18 season, that summer he moved to EPL side Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
At international level, Jahanbakhsh has 44 caps for the Iran national side, including appearances at the 2014 and 2018 World Cup.Jahanbakhsh will join the squad in the coming week and takes shirt number 9.
- Alireza Jahanbakhsh