FC Emmen Chairman Ronald Lubbers responded to the departure of routine operator Anco Jansen, who signed NAC Breda after the transfer deadline. Both clubs were unable to complete the deal in the January month, but Emmen was still working on a switch on Wednesday.
Jansen no longer had a good time on the Oude Meerdijk and wanted to have his contract terminated. According to Lubbers, the 31-year-old playmaker made his request on Sunday evening, when the transfer market was still open for over 24 hours. “And then we reached an agreement on that,” he says to Football International.
Meanwhile, negotiations with NAC were still in full swing. FC Emmen tried to involve Sydney van Hooijdonk in a trade deal with Jansen at the last minute. “We were curious if a transfer from Anco would be available to them a player who could be of interest to us. For NAC, this could have provided an opportunity to maintain the payroll fairly equal despite Anco‘s transfer,” says Lubbers. “However, the player that was interesting to us turned out to be unavailable.”
And so Jansen left two days after the transfer deadline. FC Emmen wanted him to leave through the front door after more than three years of loyal service and because of his share in the very first Eredivisie promotion. “If Anco hadn’t come out with NAC, we would have worked it out in a good way together,” says Lubbers, who makes no difference to Jansen‘s statements after the initial cut off of the transfer. “Yes, I’m staying. And that is not a punishment,” he said at that time. “Of course, that‘s for Anco’s account.”