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Slot pens new deal until 2025

Head coach Arne Slot has signed a new contract at Feyenoord that binds him to the club until 2025. The 43-year-old’s existing contract was scheduled to expire in mid-2024.
It’s Slot’s second contract extension in six months. The parties added an extra year to his projected stay as recently as last February, when the club triggered a one-year extension clause. General manager Dennis te Kloese says that the first extension functioned as a launchpad for further talks on their future relationship. ‘In Arne we see the right man to continue to lead the first team in the years to come. He has shown himself to be a specialist at several levels and to harbour great ambitions in both the short and long term with a way of working that enables him to get the most out of his team. We saw the results of that last season. Now it’s about taking the next steps on the path we have now set out on. A path that we are talking with huge confidence with this coach.’

Arne Slot also explained his reasons for renewing and extending his commitment to the club: ‘The unexpectedly rapid success last season strengthened my feeling that our approach can work well in Rotterdam. I feel it’s a privilege for me to be able to do that here with such a high-quality staff and excellent facilities. What’s more, I feel that our work is greatly appreciated within the club and among the fans, not only because of the results but above all with regard to the development of players and the attractive, infectious way of playing the fans clearly enjoy. We made great strides last season on the new course Feyenoord has taken.’

‘After the departure of several players the big challenge for next season is again to get to and build on a strong and talented team that entertains the crowd with attractive football. Creating value remains the goal, while we obviously want to couple this with results, because ultimately in elite sport you want to win trophies. Everyone at the club, from the club management to the people on and around the pitch every day, are working hard to achieve that. That’s precisely why I have made a long-term commitment to this club.’

Slot is currently preparing for his second season as Feyenoord head coach. In his first year he led the club from the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League to the final. In the Eredivisie Feyenoord finished third, which was rewarded with a place in the group phase of the Europa League this coming season.

As well as good results, Slot’s Feyenoord also gained plenty of plaudits for their style. A number of players also made impressive strides in their development, leading to a significant rise in the number of international callups and increased interest from foreign clubs for Feyenoord players. Among the consequences were the departures of Tyrell Malacia and Luis Sinisterra, who secured transfers to Manchester United and Leeds United respectively.