Signed from Ajax four years ago for a relatively low fee of €2.5m, Mike van der Hoorn has been a loyal servant to Swansea during that time.
The 27-year-old has made 119 appearances for the Championship club in both England’s first and second-tier, and was a regular starter this season until a knee injury took him out of action.
He missed all games from December 2nd onwards, and now there is a decision to be made since his contract at Liberty Stadium expires in June.
As things stand, the centre-back doesn’t really know what’s going on, but he does have an idea of what he would want to do in the future, and that’s return to FC Utrecht.
van der Hoorn came through the Eredivisie club’s youth ranks between 2006 and 2013 before his move to Ajax, and in an interview with the Utrecht’s official channel, he opened up about what’s currently on his mind.
He said, relayed by Ajax Showtime: “You think about [his current contract]: is it enough here or do I want to continue? A difficult situation and the virus doesn’t really help. These are exciting times for guys with an expiring contract, but there are also opportunities.
“It remains to be seen what will happen. Hopefully the season can still be completed, then we can look further”.
As for whether he wants to return to Utrecht, he explained: “Ultimately, you want to return to the Netherlands. It’s the club I owe my career to. You have to do it yourself, of course, but they gave me that opportunity”.