AZ extended Ferdy Druijf’s ongoing contract by one year on Friday. The 22-year-old attacker signed a commitment in the AFAS Stadium until mid-2024, but is open to a departure during the winter break.
Due to a lack of playing time, Druijff was also open to a departure last summer, but then he stayed.
“It was part of the agreement we made at the time to see if the perspective on playing time had changed in the winter. Everyone can see that this has not happened and that is why we will look further during the winter break”, the striker said on Friday. the website there is.
Arne Slot prefers Myron Boadu or Albert Gudmundson in the point of the attack this season. Druijf, who so far played 33 official matches for AZ, has to do it mainly with raids and minutes at Young AZ. In the Eredivisie he only played 32 minutes this year.
In the 2018/2019 season Ferdy Druijf became the top scorer of the Kitchen Champion Division (Photo: Pro Shots)
‘We are going to see whether rental is better’
According to technical director Max Huiberts, the new contract is a reward for the fact that Druijf stayed last summer. “In the first half of the season he wanted to settle in a role as a reserve player and we want to reward him for that in this way,” said Huiberts.
“In the summer we knew that Ferdy wanted to make minutes somewhere weekly, but he was of great value to us last season. Then we came to this compromise, in which he wanted to stay with us for at least six months as a reserve player Now this winter we are going to see if it is better for him to be rented out. “
Druijf comes from the AZ youth academy and made his debut in the main force in 2018. In the 2018/2019 season, he scored 29 goals on behalf of NEC, where he played on loan, and Jong AZ and became the top scorer of the Kitchen Champion Division.