Feyenoord’s technical director Frank Arnesen sees the contract extension as a win for both club and player. ‘For the club it’s obviously fantastic to extend the contract of a player who, as a youth player, has worked his way up to the first team. Tyrell developed very well last season and also played an excellent role in the Dutch U21s. We want to continue that progress, so that Tyrell becomes even more valuable in the first team and for Feyenoord in general.’
Malacia, who was a regular in the Dutch U21 team that made the semi-final of the U21 European Championship at the start of this month, feels he still has things to do at Feyenoord. ‘This is my club, has been ever since I came here for the first time in 2008. I have grown every year as a footballer, so wanting to extend my stay at Feyenoord is only logical. I’m happy I’ve been able to show what I can do this season, both at Feyenoord and in the Dutch U21s. I really want to continue in the same way in the new season, under a new coach.’
Born and bred in Rotterdam-South, Malacia has progressed through all the age groups since arriving at Feyenoord Academy in 2008, signing his first professional contract with the club in 2015. Three years later – a few months after his first team debut, he signed a five-year contract. That deal has now been extended for a further 12 months until mid-2024.
Malacia has make 86 appearances for the Feyenoord first team.