Urby Emanuelson has extended his contract with FC Utrecht until mid-2023. The 34-year-old midfielder will evaluate each season with the management whether he will continue as a player and will be given room to develop as an individual trainer and coach of top talents at the club.
‘Urby believes in our ambitions’
Emanuelson has been playing for FC Utrecht since 2017 and his previous contract expired last summer. In recent months he played on an amateur basis for the team of trainer John van den Brom and now that has led to a new contract.
“It took a while, but I have always had good conversations with technical director Jordy Zuidam,” said Emanuelson on Friday. website from FC Utrecht. “And although it wasn’t finished yet, I’ve always felt welcome here.”
The seventeen-time international is happy to remain a player and to be able to combine that with another position within the club. In recent years he has grown into a role as a mentor. “Young players often came to me for advice and were curious about my stories about abroad”, says Emanuelson, who played for Ajax, AC Milan, Fulham and Atalanta, among others.
“When a young player went to training camp, I was always busy with such a boy. I like that.”
Zuidam is of course also pleased with the fact that Emanuelson will be retained for the club. “His advice and guidance as a refined professional is very useful for both the players of the first team and for the top talents of the future within the FC Utrecht Academy”, says Zuidam.
“Urby believes in our ambitions and would like to be part of our club’s plans. We are very happy that we have been able to bind him for a longer period of time.”
Emanuelson, who does not have a basic place at FC Utrecht this season, is the second player this week to extend his contract at Stadium Galgenwaard. On Thursday, Sander van de Streek signed a commitment until mid-2023.
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