‘FC Groningen did not let me go in the winter, then I was lucky with coronavirus’

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In the past ten years, Mike te Wierik had grown into a piece of furniture in the Eredivisie, but has now embarked on his first foreign adventure. Phillip Cocu’s Derby County has taken him over from FC Groningen.


The transfer was announced at the beginning of February, though wanted The Rams actually doing business during the winter break. “But the club did not let me go. So then we wanted to make it as soon as possible for the summer. We succeeded. We were also lucky with the corona virus …”, he says to the club channels of Derby County .

With his transfer to England, a dream came true for Te Wierik. “That is the football country par excellence.” The defender from Hengevelde could also have signed in Groningen, but opted for the adventure. “I also had more options than FC Groningen. But it was a good time for me to go. I would have liked to have played a hundred games for FC Groningen (Te Wierik was stuck at 95, ed.), But health was just a bit more important. ”

At Pride Park, Te Wierik can work with fellow countryman Phillip Cocu. “It is of course easy that I can speak Dutch to him. Of course I understand English, but Dutch is just a bit easier for me. I have had good conversations with him about the way he wants to play football.”

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