‘Feyenoord pay 8 million for Zerrouki’ – Injuries for Hazard (PSV) and Berghuis (Ajax)

‘Feyenoord pay 8 million for Zerrouki’ – Injuries for Hazard (PSV) and Berghuis (Ajax)

Footballer Mattiello leaves Go Ahead Eagles effective immediately

Go Ahead Eagles can no longer call on Federico Mattiello during the final matches of the season. The Italian midfielder’s expiring contract was terminated immediately at his own request “due to personal circumstances.”

The 27-year-old Mattiello came to Go Ahead Eagles last September free of charge. The former player of Juventus, Bologna and SPAL, among others, made six appearances in the premier league.

Go Ahead Eagles is in eleventh place with four matches to go. The team from Deventer concludes the league with matches against FC Groningen, Feyenoord, FC Volendam and sc Heerenveen.

Federico Mattiello

‘United let Weghorst return to Burnley’

It looks like Wout Weghorst will not be offered a long-term contract at Manchester Uinited, the Manchester Evenings News writes.

The Burnley striker has been playing for United on a rental basis since January and scored twice in 26 games. Weghorst is still under contract with Burnley until 2025, which has already secured promotion to the Premier League.

The 30-year-old Weghorst had a spectacular start at United, including a goal in the Carabao Cup semifinals (the tournament he would also later win with the club) in the away game against Nottingham Forrest.

Weghorst has had to settle for short substitutions more and more often lately, partly due to the return of the once again fiit Anthoy Martial.

Wout Weghorst

Van Nistelrooij confirms: ‘Sambo returns from Sparta’

Coach Ruud van Nistelrooij also tells the press conference that Shurandy Sambo will return to PSV after this season. The 21-year-old right winger is currently rented out to Sparta and is making a good impression in Rotterdam.

Sambo participated in 27 of the 30 league rounds and was a two-time goal scorer in those games. Those two goals came in Sparta’s last two premier league matches, against FC Twente and sc Heerenveen.

Based on his performance, the soccer player made his debut in the young national team at the end of March.

Suspensions

By the way, Van Nistelrooij will have to be patient before seeing Sambo at work again with his own eyes: the player is serving a suspension on Saturday night. The same goes for Ibrahim Sangaré at PSV.

Shurandy Sambo

PSV misses Hazard against Sparta

PSV will have to do without striker Thorgan Hazard against Sparta on Saturday night. The Belgian sustained an ankle injury from last Sunday’s cup final win against Ajax, coach Ruud van Nistelrooij reported at the press conference.

Hazard was still responsible for PSV’s 1-1 draw in the cup final and took the first penalty in the penalty kick series.

Thorgan Hazard

Berghuis doubtful at Ajax for fraught duel with AZ

It is still unclear whether Ajax coach John Heitinga will have Steven Berghuis at his disposal Saturday night. The attacking midfielder is struggling with an injury.

“Berghuis has not trained this week and has completed his own program, he had to be sidelined during the cup final (last Sunday, ed.) with complaints and is a doubt for Saturday night,” Heitinga announced on the Ajax website.

Kudus fit again

Heitinga did come with positive news about Mohammed Kudus. “For Kudus, the final came too soon but he did participate in all training sessions with the group afterwards and is available again,” the coach said.

“Devyne Rensch filled in at De Kuip on Sunday and came out well, he had no reaction on Monday. So he also just trained fully with the group this week.”

The match between Ajax and AZ starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Steven Berghuis (right) in duel with Joey Veerman during the cup final between PSV and Ajax

‘PSV and Ajax want Spierings from Toulouse’

Stijn Spierings’ performances at French side Toulouse have not gone unnoticed. According to Voetbal International and De Telegraaf, PSV and Ajax later have their eye on the 27-year-old midfielder.

Spierings has an expiring contract at the French club, making him of extra interest to clubs.

Upcoming transfers

The defensive midfielder is seen by PSV as a replacement for Ibrahim Sangaré and Érick Gutiérrez. The duo are expected to leave Eindhoven in the summer.

At Ajax, Spierings could make up for the departure of Edson Álvarez. The Mexican is aiming to leave the club from Amsterdam after this season.

Spierings played almost all the games this season for Toulouse, where he has been active since October 2020. With the club he won the Coupe de France last Saturday. Spierings was also active with AZ, Sparta, RKC Waalwijk and Bulgarian Levski Sofia.

Stijn Spierings (center) celebrates his goal during the league match against Montpellier in October 2022

PEC with veteran Van Hintum to premier league

Bart van Hintum will enter the premier league next season with PEC Zwolle. The 36-year-old defender has extended his expiring contract in Zwolle for another year.

Van Hintum returned to the club from Overijssel last summer after spending three years for FC Groningen.

“When I signed with PEC Zwolle last season on April 5, the club was in a spirited relegation battle,” Van Hintum remembers. “So how nice is it that thirteen months later I can say that after that painful relegation we are back in the premier league?”

Van Hintum promoted to the premier league with PEC Zwolle in 2012. He won the KNVB Cup and Johan Cruijff Schaal two years later with the current first division frontrunner.

Bart van Hintum

Spalletti dedicates title to Napoli fans and deceased brother

In Italy, most of the talk is about Napoli’s first national title since 1990.

Trainer Luciano Spalletti of the club from Naples dedicated the third title in club history to all the players and supporters. He did not forget his family either. “I dedicate it also to my daughter Matilde and the rest of my family who always support and push me. And of course to my late brother Marcello,” Spalletti said.

Spalletti became visibly emotional when he mentioned his brother’s name. “But to see all the fans of Napoli so happy, that is the most beautiful emotion for me,” he said Thursday after the draw against Udinese (1-1) that sufficed for the title.

“I found it quite tough the last few weeks. I felt the desire of the whole city of Naples. That does give pressure. Not all people have it easy in Naples. Precisely those people deserve this success.”

“Our older supporters still saw Diego Maradona play soccer,” Spalletti said of the Argentine who led Napoli to their first and second national titles in 1987 and 1990. “But after that they had to wait 33 years. I always promised them to get the most out of this selection. Fortunately that has worked out quite well.”

‘Twente will receive around 8 million for Zerrouki’

FC Twente will retain a sum of about 8 million euros from the transfer of Ramiz Zerrouki, according to Tubantia. The regional newspaper writes that Feyenoord had applied to Twente for Zerrouki for the fourth time.

The Tukkers rejected an initial offer of 4.5 million last summer, after which Feyenoord also made two unsuccessful bids for the Algerian international in the winter break. “

“A few weeks ago Feyenoord reported for Zerrouki again and this time the talks did proceed in good harmony,” Tubantia writes.

Zerrouki is considered a protégé of Feyenoord coach Arne Slot. In January, he was still talking about Zerrouki’s transfer failure.

Slot on Zerrouki transfer failure: ‘Pity, but am not disappointed’

Feyenoord and Twente agree on Zerrouki

There is immediate big news on this Friday morning! FC Twente and Feyenoord have reached an agreement on the transfer of Ramiz Zerrouki.

The 24-year-old midfielder from the Enschede club will sign a multi-year contract with the premier league leaders. Zerrouki still had a contract with Twente until mid-2024.

“After FC Twente and Feyenoord failed to reach an agreement last summer and during the winter break, both clubs have now reached an agreement,” Twente reported on its website.

Second purchase

The transfer of the 17-time Algeria international to Feyenoord will be finalized in the coming days. He is the second purchase for Feyenoord after Thomas van de Belt from PEC Zwolle for next season.

Zerrouki comes from Ajax youth and continued his education at FC Twente in 2016.

Ramiz Zerrouki

Program and standings premier league

Will this be the weekend that decides the battle for the national title in the Netherlands?

Leaders Feyenoord can become champions for the 16th time Sunday if they win the away game against low-flyer Excelsior and PSV lose points at number five Sparta on Saturday.

In Amsterdam, Ajax and AZ battle for third place on Saturday.

The fate of SC Cambuur and FC Groningen could be sealed this weekend with direct relegation to the first division.

It promises to be another day full of soccer news.

We look ahead, as usual on Friday, to the premier league playoffs. Feyenoord are assured of the championship this weekend if PSV lose by points. PSV play the away game with Sparta on Saturday, Feyenoord visit Excelsior on Sunday.

And how are Ajax and AZ faring? The two meet Saturday night in Amsterdam in a direct battle for third place.

We also dwell at length on Napoli’s first league title since 1990. The selection returns to Naples today, where it will no doubt be met by a huge crowd.

Kayleigh Williams