Chairman of FC Volendam, Jaap Veerman, has acknowledged that the Dutch team had experienced financial difficulties and that only the sell-on fee from Micky van de Ven’s summer transfer to Tottenham kept them afloat.
After rising through the youth ranks of Volendam, Van de Ven established himself in the Dutch second division before moving to Wolfsburg at the age of twenty-one.
The center-back had a quiet first half of the season at the Bundesliga team, but by the end of 2022–2023 he had made a name for himself as one of the best young defenders in the division and had established himself as a mainstay in the backline.
Spurs made a move for the Dutchman in the summer after that, reportedly paying an initial €40 million (£34.3 million) and giving the German team an additional €10 million (£8.6 million) should Spurs advance to the Champions League (Sport BILD via Sport Witness).
Micky van der Ven
At Spurs, Micky van de Ven has had a significant influence.
Now that Volendam has learned that Volendam received 12.5% of the transfer fee Tottenham paid for Van de Ven, Veerman has acknowledged that the financial boost was much-needed.
“We had to take action, otherwise the company judge could blame me for that,” he said to RTL Nieuws.
We are currently placing bets on player transfers and earnings when our former players join other teams. Micky van de Ven’s €40 million move from VFL Wolfsburg to Tottenham Hotspur last summer saved us.
“Unfortunately, we only agreed to 12.5% there, but we would have received 15% there. However, that kept us safe. That doesn’t seem to happen every year.