Alireza Jahanbakhsh hands in the lion’s share of his salary to play at Feyenoord. In addition, Brighton & Hove Albion let the player go to Rotterdam for a bargain price. The Iran international costs just over a million euros, although that amount can increase in the future if Feyenoord and the winger perform well.
By Mikos Gouka
The attacker said trainer Arne Slot had been a decisive factor in the transfer from the Premier League to the Premier League. “We kept in constant contact,” says Jahanbakhsh. ,,There was often interest but Brighton never wanted to let me go. Now it was different.”
Slot indicated that for a long time he had the idea that the arrival of Jahanbakhsh to Feyenoord would never be feasible. But in recent weeks it appeared that Brighton was not difficult and the attacker himself was willing to give up a lot of salary. The transfer is necessary after the sale of Steven Berghuis. But Slot immediately indicated that he wanted to add another attacker, while Gernot Trauer of LASK Linz is an important candidate to be brought to the Kuip as a central defender.
The fact that Slot still wants an attacker is also because Robert Bozenik was not yet able to impress. The Slovak worked hard, but played football but did not appear in the piece. Slot might consider putting Bryan Linssen or Luis Sinisterra in that position, as his predecessors Jaap Stam and Dick Advocaat sometimes did.
Jahanbakhsh hopes to join quickly, but Thursday’s match in Kosovo against FC Drita is not feasible anyway. The attacker is not fit enough, but also not yet eligible to play. ,,I’ve had a holiday and I’m training again. I prefer a calm way of entering, but that all depends on the trainers”, says Jahanbakhsh. “I am happy with this step. I have number nine and I first went through it with Nicolai Jørgensen. And I’m replacing Steven Berghuis, a great player and a great person. I am very happy to be here and I am grateful to trainer Arne Slot that he played a major role in my arrival. Feyenoord wants to attack and with this stadium and this audience you know that you are covered in the back by the people.”
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