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Giovanni van Bronckhorst to leave Feyenoord this summer

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Feyenoord manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst will leave the club at the end of the season.

The former Barcelona star has been in charge of Feyenoord since 2015 after being promoted from his assistant manager role.

In that time, Van Bronckhorst has overseen a hugely successful period at Rotterdam with 100 wins in his 160 matches in charge of the club.

The 43-year-old has led Feyenoord to two KNVB Cups and two Johan Cruyff Shields in the process.

But Van Bronckhorst’s biggest accomplishment at Feyenoord undoubtedly comes from leading them to their first Eredivisie title in 18 years during the 2016/17 campaign.

Now the Dutchman has decided to end his reign in charge of Feyenoord in favour of a brand new challenge.

“There is still a lot to fight for this season,” Van Bronckhorst told the club website.

“We have to secure European football through the league or the cup. I’m looking forward to that.

“At the same time, I’ve been thinking a lot about whether I want to stay for one or more years as head coach of Feyenoord after this season. That was a very difficult decision because Feyenoord are in my heart.

“However, in my career, I have always followed my feelings and my feeling now says I shouldn’t do that.”

Technical director Martin van Geel said: “Gio is really an emotional person. If he has an idea himself of wanting something different after this season, we can only respect that.

“We are already very grateful to him for his great contribution in the recent, unprecedented successful period of the club.

“Whatever Giovanni does after this season, his bond with us and the club will always remain unbreakable.”

Feyenoord are currently third in the Eredivisie, which grants them an automatic spot in next season’s Europa League, and 13 points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.

After defeating Fortuna Sittard 4-1 in the KNVB Cup on Wednesday, Van Bronckhorst’s side will now turn their focus to Sunday’s big league game against Ajax.