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Vietnam's young defender moves to Dutch league on loan

Saturday, August 31, 2019, 17:55 GMT+7
Vietnam's young defender moves to Dutch league on loan
Vietnam's defender Doan Van Hau. Photo: Huu Tan

A 20-year-old Vietnamese player will be playing at Eredivisie, the top level of football in the Netherlands, on a one-year loan, his club Hanoi FC confirmed on Saturday.

Doan Van Hau will leave for the European country on Saturday night to complete his medical examination and other procedures to officially join SC Heerenveen.

As the Eredivisie transfer window is closing on September 1, the Dutch football club has demanded that Hanoi FC, which plays at Vietnam’s top-tier V. League 1, arrange for the young defender to be in the Netherlands in the soonest possible time.

This means Hau is likely to miss a 2022 World Cup Asian qualifying game between Vietnam and Thailand on September 5.

The official loan deal between Hanoi FC and SC Heerenveen will be finalized should the 20-year-old, who is recovering from a right knee injury, pass the medical examination.

Hau is on track to become the first-ever Vietnamese footballer to play in the Netherlands, and only the second to play in Europe on an official contract, following Cong Phuong, who now plays for Belgium’s Sint-Truiden.

SC Heerenveen has committed to creating favorable conditions for Hau to play up to his potential during his time in Europe, particularly being sent to the pitch.

Hau, with an impressive height of 1.85m as per Vietnamese standard, plays as a left defender.

He was recruited to the national team at the age of 18 in 2017, and won the second place of the AFC U-23 Championship in 2018.

SC Heerenveen, which has a history of nearly 100 years, finished 11 out of 18 in the 2018-19 season with 41 points after 34 games. After the first four rounds of the ongoing 2019-20 season, SC Heerenveen now stands at the tenth place with five points.

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