Since returning from his loan spell at Excelsior in 2011, Jordy Clasie was the standout player for Feyenoord until he made a switch to Southampton in 2015.

At the South Coast club, the Netherlands international struggled to feature regularly and when Mauricio Pellegrino was in charge at St Mary’s Stadium, the player was loaned out to Club Brugge.

Mark Hughes replaced the Argentine in March and even he didn’t include the midfielder in his plans for this season and therefore Clasie returned to his former club on a temporary deal in the summer.

Since returning to the Eredivisie, the Dutchman has featured regularly and has made 10 appearances in the league this season. The 25-year-old has now set his sights on playing regularly with Feyenoord so that he can regain his old form.

“I am working hard for that and hopefully I will take the upward trend now. I often try to hit the ball with a lot of movement, I want to accelerate or shift the game, which is getting better and better,” Claise told during an interview with NUSport, as relayed by Goal Netherlands.

“I’m still not on my old level, but I work hard to achieve that. It can only go better.”

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Asked about his thoughts of playing regular football once again, the Saints player said: “You can see with me what it can do to a footballer if you hardly play, and I have lost the rhythm I was used to.

“I still notice it at certain moments in a competition, such as when putting pressure on, it takes longer than I had thought and hoped to get that feeling back. In the last few weeks it is fortunately a bit better, that is positive.”