Technical director Frank Arnesen is not concerned about the composition of the selection of Feyenoord, although it has become clear that the financial possibilities of the Rotterdammers are limited due to the corona crisis.
"We are still firmly convinced that there will be a great Feyenoord when the competition starts again," Arnesen said in conversation with the AD on Saturday . "It is clear that there is no money to buy players, but hardly anyone has money. This will be an abnormal transfer window, everyone is looking at each other."
Feyenoord recently tried to strengthen itself with the transfer-free Bryan Linssen, but the experienced attacker of Vitesse decided after several conversations to abandon an adventure in Rotterdam. Linssen asked a higher salary than Feyenoord could offer.
"He could just earn a lot more elsewhere and I don't blame him. We wanted to have him. But it is not the case that if we make a player an offer and he does not immediately sign, that we still have a lot of money We are not at all in that situation ", Arnesen emphasizes.
Bryan Linssen turned down an offer from Feyenoord. (Photo: Pro Shots)
'Conversations about contracts run smoothly'
Due to the canceled transfer from Linssen, there is also increasing uncertainty about the future of Leroy Fer (30) and Eric Botteghin (32) at Feyenoord. The contracts of the midfielder and the defender expire next summer and there is no white smoke yet.
"The conversations with those players about a new contract are going in a very good atmosphere. I am positive. I certainly do not have the idea that it is impossible to get out of that," said Arnesen, who emphasizes that the Feyenoord supporters in the short term no new players should expect.
"It is only May. There are countries that have yet to finish the competition. I understand that people think: football has been stopped for weeks, now we are going to get players. But it will take a while before we play again."
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