Dutch defender joins Lazio in €8.5m deal

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Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij has left Feyenoord for Lazio. Photo: Marco Rossi/SS Lazio Press Office/AFP
08:25 CEST+02:00
Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij has left Feyenoord for Lazio, the Italian Serie A club has announced.

"I am happy to be at this club, all the more so as Lazio had been following me for a long time. They wanted me before the World Cup and it is the best
choice for me," said de Vrij at a press conference on Thursday.

The 22-year-old, who starred in the Netherlands' run to finish third at the World Cup, arrived in the Italian capital on Monday night and passed a medical on Tuesday.

Reports in the Italian media say that Lazio will pay Feyenoord a transfer fee of €8.5 million.

De Vrij had also been linked with Manchester United, where his former national team boss Louis van Gaal recently took charge.

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He has agreed a four-year deal worth a reported annual salary of €1.3 million.

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