Orange goalkeeper Flekken to Premier League, signs for four years at Brentford
Mark Flekken is transferring to England’s Brentford. The club from London finished ninth in the Premier League last season. The goalkeeper, who played four international matches for the Dutch national team, has signed for four years.
Brentford reportedly paid 13 million euros for Flekken. This makes him the fifth most expensive purchase in club history.
Comes over from Freiburg
The 29-year-old Flekken has been keeping for Germany’s SC Freiburg since 2018. Last season he achieved thirteen clean sheets, the highest in the entire Bundesliga.
On Monday, national coach Ronald Koeman called up Flekken for the Nations League Finals, which will be played in two weeks at home. He made his debut with the Oranje under previous national coach Louis van Gaal.
“I’m really looking forward to my time at Brentford and it’s very nice to be here,” Flekken said. “If you had told me seven years ago, when I was playing in Germany’s third division, that one day I would be playing in the Premier League, I would have said you were crazy. It’s a dream come true and my next step. I hope we can take the next step as a team and as a club as well.”
Last season, Flekken already put in a great performance with Freiburg by finishing fifth in the league and qualifying for the Europa League.
Brentford also had a strong season. Two years after promotion to the Premier League, ‘The Bees’ finished in a handsome ninth place. Brentford fell just two points short of European soccer.