Feyenoord have extended and improved the contract of central defender Karim Saidi, with the Tunisian international agreeing a new deal to keep him with the Dutch UEFA Cup contenders until summer 2009.
Saidi joined Feyenoord last summer from Africaine de Tunis, signing an initial four-year contract. However, he immediately became a regular in Ruud Gullit's side, and impressed so much that he earned new and improved terms in record time.
'Faith in me'
The 21-year-old was caught unawares by Feyenoord's rapid action, saying: "It was a surprise for me as well. I am really very happy with this. It shows the club management has faith in me. I am very grateful."
Saidi is expected to miss this weekend's Eredivisie match at SC Heerenveen, but hopes to be fit for the UEFA Cup Group A encounter against FC Schalke 04 next Wednesday. The German side lead the standings with seven points, three more than second-placed Feyenoord who have played a game less. "I have a sore hamstring," said Saidi. "But I am eager to play against Schalke. I really hope I will make it."
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