Romeo Castelen spoke to the NOS after returning to The Hague with his current club VVV Venlo.

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The former Dutch international, capped ten times by Oranje, played for ADO Den Haag for four seasons between 2000 and 2004. He returned to his former club on Saturday evening when he came off the bench to make his debut for VVV Venlo in a 1-1 draw.

Castelen said, ”Tonight felt like a homecoming. I still know people in the back room staff and behind the scenes at ADO Den Haag. It was great to be so well received by the supporters after so many years.

”Tonight was a special night for me. Even for the fans to sing my name during the warming up. I still have a lot of love for ADO Den Haag ”.

On his choice to return to the Eredivisie after playing abroad, he added, ”I did not have to think too long about returning to the Eredivisie. At the request of the manager Maurice Steijn we held talks and that went well. The staff and board a VVV Venlo wanted me and that felt good hence why I decided to return to the Netherlands.

”Making my debut for VVV Venlo tonight felt good. I feel fit and it is now about staying fit and playing games as the last match I played was at the end of November 2017.

”I have had fantastic experiences abroad in South Korea, Australia and China and got to grips with new cultures and different types of football. Fantastic life experiences that nobody can take that away from me.

”It’s great for Dutch internationals to return to the Eredivisie such as Robin van Persie and myself. It’s good for Dutch football.

”I am pleased to be back playing football again in the Netherlands.”

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