Jasper Cillessen about the situation at Valencia: ‘It will be extended or leaving’ | Orange

Jasper Cillessen does not have to think long about the answer to the question of what his best save was against Belgium (1-4) Friday evening. ,,I take that shot from Leandro Trossard”, says the goalkeeper. ,,Then I quickly pass the ball to Frenkie de Jong and moments later it is 0-3. It makes a big difference whether it is 1-2 or 0-3.”

Finally, the 33-year-old goalkeeper was once again important for the Orange. Cillessen was attentive when Jurriën Timber deflected a Belgian shot and with a feline reflex dove a bet from Kevin De Bruyne from the top corner. “It’s great to play in such a swinging team again,” says Cillessen. “I’ve missed way too many duels.”

Cillessen played his first international match of this calendar year in a sold-out King Baudouin Stadium. In 2021 he was alone during the decisive game against Norway for a ticket for the World Cup under the bar. ,,The national coach then said that I had never let him down before’, remembers Groesbeker. “That was nice to hear.”

On the way to the World Cup in Qatar, Cillessen competes for a starting place with Mark Flek and Tim Krul. Justin Bijlow, who has only just recovered from a foot injury, is now missing from the Orange squad. But it could well be that the Feyenoord goalkeeper will be invited for the last two games in the Nations League, against Poland and Belgium at the end of September. Cillessen missed the European Championship last year because the then national coach Frank de Boer did not include him in his final selection after a corona infection that hardly bothered him. “Enough has been said and written about that,” says the 62-time international. “But of course I want to be there in Qatar.”

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It is important for Cillessen that he will keep a lot on his way to the World Cup. After the next three matches in the Nations League, he hopes to find out what they have planned for him at his Spanish club Valencia. “We have a new chairman and trainer. My contract runs for another year. So normally I have to extend that contract or look for another club,” said the goalkeeper, who lost his starting place at the Spanish club to Georgian Giorgi Mamardashvili last season after a groin and calf injury.

Cillessen keeps all options open, he says just before the Orange training. A return to the Netherlands, where his old club Ajax and PSV are still looking for a goalkeeper, is also negotiable for him. ,,But I don’t want to know from my agent whether there is any interest. We will play another duel with the Orange on June 14, after that I will list everything and make a decision.”

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