Feyenoord Sign Defender Khalid Boulahrouz on a Free Transfer

Liam Newman@@thatliamnewmanContributor IJuly 15, 2014

Khalid Boulahrouz of the Netherlands looks on prior to a friendly soccer match against Bayern Munich in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Eredivisie side Feyenoord have announced the signing of Dutch defender Khalid Boulahrouz, who will join the Rotterdam club on an initial one-year deal.

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 19:  Vitesse Manager / Coach Fred Rutten, looks on the KNVB Dutch Cup match between Vitesse Arnhem and ADO 20 at Gelredome on December 19, 2012 in Arnhem, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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The 32-year-old, who has represented the Netherlands on 35 occasions, had been a free agent following his summer exit from Danish side Brondby. He becomes Fred Rutten’s first major signing at De Kuip.

Boulahrouz’s arrival was announced via the club’s official website, after the former Chelsea defender passed a rigorous medical on Monday morning.

The defender, who was born near Rotterdam, expressed a great deal of joy at joining club. He said:

Feyenoord is a fabulous club. I’ve been here on various occasions with the Dutch team. It’s a massive enjoyment to play in this stadium. And it’ll be full with fanatical supporters every two weeks. It’s a bit of a dream come true to be able to play here every two weeks in a Feyenoord jersey. I’m really proud.

Additionally, the player took to social media to celebrate his move.

With Dutch internationals Daryl Janmaat, Bruno Martins Indi and Stefan de Vrij all being linked with summer departures from De Kuip, Boulahrouz’s versatility could become a key asset to Rutten’s side throughout 2014/15.

Feyenoord have already lost last season’s leading scorer, Graziano Pelle, this summer as the Italian striker followed former manager Ronald Koeman to Southampton, via BBC Sport, and Rutten faces a real battle as he looks to build a side capable of success both at home and on the continent.

This season sees the Rotterdam club return to the Champions League after missing out on last year’s competition, and they will be hopeful of securing their route to the group stage for the first time since 2003; Boulahrouz’s experience could be a major boost to Rutten’s squad.

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