Crysencio Summerville expressed that it was emotionally difficult for him to find out that Feyenoord wanted to sell him, especially after he returned from a loan spell at ADO Den Haag in 2021, hoping to establish himself as part of his hometown club.
Despite his efforts, Summerville was transferred to Leeds United just a few months after his return, depriving him of the opportunity to make his debut for Feyenoord.
Summerville comprehends the reasons for the lack of opportunities at Feyenoord, as the team had already established Luciano Narsingh and Steven Berghuis as starting wingers.
However, Summerville was still hurt to learn that Feyenoord was willing to sell him for a relatively low price of £1.3 million, as he has a sentimental attachment to the Rotterdam club.
“I absolutely did not demand a place (in the first team). I didn’t want an absurd salary,” Summerville explains.
“And then you get to the point where the club wants to sell you. Of course, it still hurts at times. I played (at Feyenoord) from the age of six. Maybe I’ll (return and) play there someday.”
Summerville was pleased to hear that Leeds United offered him a chance to play in the Premier League, despite the circumstances of his departure from Feyenoord.
After spending a few years in the reserves, the 21-year-old is now a regular player in the first team and has been assigned the number ten shirt, thanks to the sale of Raphinha to Barcelona.
“I looked at (Raphinha) and I thought; ‘That will be your podium, Cry’,” Summerville adds. “You reach a similar level in training, but it’s about the games.
“Raphinha forced a transfer to Barcelona, is with the Brazilian national team. I now see what you can achieve as your level rises.
“I saw how big players at Leeds always give everything. Always. I thought; ‘I have to think like that’.
“I have big plans, I dream big. When I signed for Leeds, I said to my dad; ‘I’m going to be a player who makes people want to come to the stadium’.
“I’m not there yet. Certainly not. But maybe I’m on my way.”