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  Player's Profile | Stefan De Vrij
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Stefan De Vrij
Date Of Birth: 05-02-1992
Country: Netherlands
Height / Weight: 189 cm / 78 kg
N# / Position: 3 - DEF
Contract Expiry: 30-06-2019
Agent : Secret Agent
Stefan De Vrij was born on February 5th, 1992, in Ouderkerk ann den Ijssel, Netherlands. De Vrij joined Lazio in the summer of 2014 from Feyenoord for a transaction figure that was then undisclosed; however, the value of the transfer is believed to be in the 8-9 Million Euro range, including bonuses and incentives. De Vrij is a product of the Feyenoord youth system and was an asset sold to Lazio in order for the club to financially support the further development of their youth prospects in Holland. De Vrij also plays for the Holland national team and was a fixture in the centre of defence for the Netherlands long run to third place in the 2014 FIFA world cup. De Vrij’s involvement for Holland on the national stage dates back to his youth at the age of 16, as he was part of the Holland U-17 team. Since then, De Vrij has made a total of 65 appearances for his country, with two goals to his name, the most notable coming in Holland’s 5-1 over Spain in the 2014 world cup. De Vrij stands at 6’2” and is a tall and imposing figure in the central defending role on the pitch. His sole responsibility is to stop the oppositions attack so he does not score many goals, as can be expected.

De Vrij immediately became a regular in defence for Lazio and has performed admirably in the 2014-2015 Serie A season thus far. De Vrij has suffered some injuries and has missed 5 league games as a result. When De Vrij does not feature in the Lazio defence he is noticeably missed, he has adapted well to the tactical approach of Italian soccer. As a result of this, his current market value is believed to be in the 12-13 Million Euro range, he has proved to be a great investment for Lazio. One cannot help but wonder if Louis van Gaal remains as Manager of Manchester United long term, that he will make Lazio an offer they cannot refuse for the Dutch international. After all, it has been suggested that van Gaal supported De Vrij’s move to Lazio, claiming that Italian soccer would help him further refine his defensive skills, he appears to have been spot on. Truth be told, De Vrij is one of Lazio’s most significant signings of recent years, he has more than proved his worth in the short term, and we as Laziali can only dream of the staple he will become for the Biancocelesti in the years to come. Lazio are fortunate to have a player of such quality on their roster, De Vrij is strong, confident, and most importantly, he is young, with a bright future ahead of him.

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