Twente seal Janssen deal
Twente have sealed a deal for Dutch international Theo Janssen.
By Jeffrey Glorie & Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 15/04/08 5:49pm
Twente have sealed a deal for Dutch international Theo Janssen - but they have a battle to keep coach Fred Rutten.
Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Janssen has agreed a four-year deal with Twente - who will pay 1.5million euros for his signature.
Janssen, 26, had just over 12 months left on his current contract but a summer move always looked likely.
He almost joined Groningen in January but now Twente have pulled off something of a coup to land him.
Janssen came through the youth tanks at the Gelredome and his move will end a 10-year association with the club.
"I'm of course glad to be joining a club such as Twente, but it also feels strange to be leaving Vitesse after so many years," Janssen told the club's official website.
"It will be even more peculiar when I return to the Gelredome not wearing Vitesse's shirt. I want to develop further.
"A new club and new surroundings can help me in that. Also playing in Europe, a goal Twente have almost achieved, has been a reason behind my decision to go through with the transfer. European games improve a player."
Twente coach Rutten expressed his delight at the move.
"We're very pleased with Janssen's arrival,"said Rutten.
"He's very experienced at the highest level and by joining us he wants to give his career a new boost."
However, Rutten may not be around to benefit from Janssen as he is being strongly linked with the current vacancy at Schalke.
Schalke sacked Mirko Slomka on Sunday and appointed Mike Buskens and Youri Mulder as caretaker bosses.
Rutten is contracted to Twente until 2009, but it is believed he has a clause in his contract that allows him to move to a bigger club such as Schalke.
Twente have previously fended off interest from the likes of PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord and Hamburg, but Schalke may be too much to turn down for Rutten.