Corona and transfers, those were the main ingredients at the press conference of Feyenoord trainer Arne Slot in the run-up to the Eredivisie game with Vitesse.
The Rotterdam team resumed the competition as number three against the Arnhem team, who follow in fourth place in the Eredivisie on six points. It is also interesting that Feyenoord has been fishing for the services of Riechedly Bazoer in recent weeks, who is currently under contract with the opponent of Saturday evening.
Slot therefore did not want to comment on the developments surrounding a possible transfer of the midfielder, who also often operates in the defense of Vitesse. “I would find that very annoying otherwise.”
“It’s no secret that we tried to get him, we haven’t succeeded yet and anything else I say about it I wouldn’t think very appropriate because we’re playing each other tomorrow.”
Slot wanted to comment on the imminent arrival of American international Cole Bassett. The 20-year-old midfielder of Colorado Rapids seems to be a reinforcement in width for the time being.
“A player that fits within the policy that we have deployed within Feyenoord. We would like to bind young talented players to develop them. We hope that he will eventually be a competitor for the players who play now,” says Slot about Bassett.
It is not yet certain which players will be added to South Rotterdam, but it is certain that Feyenoord will strengthen. “I am confident that more players will be added in the coming days,” said Slot.
“I was and am very satisfied with the selection of the first half of the season. We also managed to play almost all matches with those boys. In the meantime, we let four more players go during the winter break. But I want to keep my eyes peeled. don’t close to reality.”
“It is not certain in the second half of the season that we have almost no injuries, just like before the winter break. You often have suspensions and you have to deal with corona,” says Slot, who has recently been in self-isolation due to a corona case. in his family.
That dance has escaped Feyenoord for the time being this year. The Rotterdammers canceled the training camp in Marbella, Spain, due to multiple infections and apply strict rules at the training complex to prevent an outbreak.
“We don’t have breakfast and lunch at the club, we have our meeting in two groups. We try to be inside the complex as little as possible and to limit the number of contacts inside to a minimum.”