Steven Berghuis has signed a four-year contract with Ajax, the club announced on Monday. Eric Verhoeven / Soccrates / Getty Images

Ajax have signed Steven Berghuis from Feyenoord for a four-year deal, the club announced on Monday.

Ajax and Feyenoord are the Netherlands’ biggest clubs and the move from Berghuis has created controversy due to the rivalry between the two teams, especially between their fans. Away fans have not been allowed to play between Eredivisie clubs for several years.

The 29-year-old had been a key player for Feyenoord in recent years and was on the team when the Rotterdam champions became champions for the first time in 18 years in 2017

On behalf of Ajax:

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– AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) July 19, 2021

Berghuis, who was under contract with Feyenoord until mid-2022, said in a statement that he wanted to develop his game further.

“I’m 29 years old and it’s no secret that I wanted to take the next step,” said Berghuis.

“It is important to me to develop myself further in sport. When choosing my new club, in addition to my development as a football player, I was very much looking for the combination of trophy games and UEFA Champions League games and staying in the picture with the national team. At Ajax it all falls together, I think. “

The winger began his professional career at FC Twente in 2011, playing for VVV-Venlo, AZ and Watford before moving to Feyenoord in 2017.