Holland’s Football Federation (KNVB) are investigating claims made by Feyenoord that Manchester City acted improperly when they signed budding star Karim Rekik from the Dutch side.
Rekik is a Feyenoord youth player, who never signed a professional contract with the club. While Feyenoord has a top quality youth development program, they are cash poor. And with players such as Ebilicio heading to Arsenal, Ake signing with Chelsea, Rajiv van la Parra to French outfit Caen and Castaignos to Inter Milan, City’s signing of Rekik is said to be the final straw for the club.
Feyenoord are planning to complain to FIFA, with general manager Eric Gudde telling Sky Sports, “in most cases these moves do not work out, especially for the boy himself - when they go abroad they are just 16 and it all seems great but if you look at the statistics the majority end in huge disappointment for the player.
"The fact that Holland develops better than England should be a reason for the English Clubs to leave them here. I can imagine deals between Dutch and English clubs on a development level, but signing 15 year olds is a simply stupid. For all involved."
But Rekik’s manager Soren Lerby has hit back at any claims the deal was not correctly conducted in line with FIFA’s rules.
"If a player who does not have a contract with them wants to go abroad, I cannot stop him. You cannot blame Manchester City or the young player for a contract he gets." He said.
In relation to Lerby’s own personal involvement in the situation, he feels no one has done anything wrong. "I am an experienced professional, I have been a player and a coach for many years and I well aquatinted with FIFA’s rules," he said.
"I respect those rules and nothing has been broken.”
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