When Jordy Clasie moved on loan to Feyenoord for the season, he will have thought he was returning home for the long term.
Leaving the club for Southampton didn’t really work out as everyone planned, and a loan to Club Brugge last season was best forgotten.
Clasie has done reasonably well, he was named as one of the club’s vice captains, despite being on loan. But he hasn’t done well enough, not enough to justify the Dutch club paying what Southampton will want.
There’s been various issues too. Brought off by Giovanni van Bronckhorst during a match in April, the midfielder had a strop and refused to shake his manager’s hand.
That led to a huge backlash. He was fined, warned about his behaviour, had the deputy captaincy taken away, and received criticism from fans.
Voetbal International report the player will be returning to Southampton this summer. The club have a tight budget for new manager Jaap Stam and Clasie will ‘return to his club’.
It’s difficult to see a way to sort this out for Southampton. They could dangle a very tempting price in front of Feyenoord, but the April issue may have killed Clasie’s chances.
He has one more year of contract with the Saints.