Dutch international midfielder Jordy Clasie has recently found himself the centre of much transfer speculation after a couple of impressive seasons in the Eredivisie.
After coming to the fore whilst out on loan to Rotterdam’s second club Excelsior he returned to Feyenoord in 2011 and soon cemented his place in the first team earning several accolades along the way.
That included earning a place in the senior Dutch squad for the first time and being dubbed the ‘next Xavi’ or the ‘Dutch Xavi’ depending on which source you read; the main crux of that comparison for you to take away is this … he plays a lot like the Barcelona legend.
He has an excellent poise to his game and a wonderful range of passing. His sleight ability and diminutive build help with the comparison.
Recently the two clubs in England heavily linked with his signature were Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal; with some sources even claiming the duo were to have a North London battle for the 21-year-old this summer.
Although they were not alone. Italian Serie A outfit Fiorentina were also said to be keen to bring him in as a replacement for the potentially outgoing West Brom old-boy Borja Valero.
But this week, when Fiorentina went calling at the De Kuip, they were welcomed with some news from The Netherlands that will not please either North London team.
According to reports rather than move away Clasie could not have anything further from his mind; as he agreed in principle to sign a one-year extension to his current deal at the club this week.
It has long been speculated that Clasie had no desire to leave his boyhood club just yet but we have all heard that before and words are empty in professional football these days; especially when it comes to player loyalty.
But the young midfield maestro appears to be a man of his word. His new deal will reportedly keep him at the club until 2016 and should also incorporate a pay-hike of some kind to reflect his good form and allegiance to the Feyenoord cause.
It seems that for now Arsenal and Tottenham will have to play the waiting game if they really want to do battle for the ‘next Xavi’; because he does not look like going anywhere anytime soon.
image: © Robert Hertel