Feyenoord did not insert an option to buy clause in their loan deal for Jordy Clasie in the summer, according to Dutch news outlet Voetbal Primeur.
The midfielder left Southampton on a season-long loan, departing St Mary’s to rejoin the club that he departed three years before in an £8 million move to the Premier League.
Clasie, whose contract at St Mary’s Stadium expires in 2020, had made only 49 appearances in all competitions for the Saints following his switch in 2015 and was keen to return to the Eredivisie for the 2018/19 season.
The 27-year-old is a regular starter for Feyenoord and has made a total of 25 appearances for his loan side in the top flight this term.
Clasie’s team currently sit in third place on the Eredivisie table and could be keen to make his stay permanent following his strong showings ahead of next season.
However, if Feyenoord are to land the Netherlands international in the summer, it seems they will not have the first refusal on a deal with Southampton.
Why Southampton should attempt to sell Clasie this summer
Southampton are blessed with a plethora of central midfield players. Clasie would struggle to make the team’s bench nowadays.
Clasie really struggled to stay fit at Southampton. He continuously picked up knocks and failed to last for 90 minutes on several occasions in the Premier League.
If a midfielder who is returning to Southampton from a loan spell is given a chance to shine, it should be Harrison Reed. He is younger, suits Ralph Hasenhuttl’s style, and would be yet another academy player in the first-team picture.
He is also more versatile, as evidenced by his appearances at right wing-back in the Championship for Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers in the past two seasons.
Last real chance to sell
Clasie’s deal at Southampton expires in just over a year. He clearly doesn’t have a future at St Mary’s, so the club should push to sell him permanently this summer.
If they fail to do so, he will be able to sign pre-contract agreements with European clubs ahead of a free transfer in the summer of 2020, at the expiration of his deal.
This would mean that after signing him for £8m in 2015, Southampton would let Clasie walk away for nothing.