Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum are two gems from the youth academy of Sparta Rotterdam.
“We want the smaller clubs do not steal, but rewarding”, says director spelersbeleid Marc Overmars. “By Sparta to support them in their quality area to continue to deliver.”
Overmars and head of training Said Ouaali perform all of years of discussions with the club from Rotterdam-West, which yesterday, an agreement was concluded. “That the choice on Sparta fell, of course, is no coincidence. Over the past ten years has the training players like Depay, Strootman, De Roon, Wijnaldum, Dumfries and Willems produced. And the clubs have been a hot band,” says Overmars. “It is strategically a good partner, a good place”, he means the backyard of the Team.
Sparta gets a substantial amount to support the youth academy and scouting. In scouting, that means that Ajax, the club in turn can point to great talents, which at Sparta is still a step could make. “And we will draw at Ajax on the call as other clubs in a top talent of us are interested”, says technical manager Henk van Stee, who is the Spartans, not their soul to sell. “We retain our own identity, we continue to call the shots.”
The Rotterdammers remain, despite the significant investment from Amsterdam, so free to the own price to be determined in the training. “It is true that there with the scouting being taken into account,” says Van Stee. “Ajax lets now see how important training in the Netherlands”, says Van Stee. “The club will do in this way, a guide to the youth to further improve.”
In the past there was a – by Ajax cancelled – gentlemen’s agreement between the clubs with each other no talents to steal. “So, if you’re not in the big ones and the little ones players away. That’s crazy,” said Overmars, who already have longer the importance of training says. “We reward training clubs on the front and on the back. We pay for every transfer of a player from the youth team by default more than the mandatory compensation for training and leave – if a transition is a success – the clubs share in a subsequent sale. That arrangement we have with a lot of clubs, but with Sparta, the appointments now structural.”