Kalou's Dutch appeal
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Feyenoord striker Salomon Kalou has issued a heartfelt plea to Dutch immigration.
Feyenoord striker Salomon Kalou has issued a heartfelt plea to the Dutch immigration minister.
Kalou is desperate to earn Dutch citizenship ahead of the World Cup but has so far been refused the right by minister Rita Verdonk.
The 20-year-old Ivory Coast-born star has already been assured by Dutch coach Marco van Basten of his inclusion in his cup squad provided he receives citizenship.
In a letter published in Dutch paper De Telegraaf on Friday Kalou revealed his frustration at the legal impasse with Verdonk and believes the prolonged saga is beginning to affect his form for Feyenoord.
"Up to now I have declined to comment in the media, but after everything which has been written and said I felt I had to react myself," wrote Kalou.
"My game has also suffered, something which makes me feel bad for my bosses at Feyenoord, the supporters and my team mates.
"Dutch citizenship won't make me a better person or a better footballer and will not influence my sporting future in any way.
"I just want to become world champion with the Netherlands - that was my main goal," Kalou concluded his letter.
Verdonk has claimed she will make a decision on Kalou's case at the end of next week.