July 23, 2018 / 7:41 AM / in 3 months

Dost decides to stay at Sporting despite attack

LISBON (Reuters) - Netherlands international Bas Dost has decided to stay at Sporting Lisbon despite an attack two months ago by disgruntled supporters that left him with deep cuts on head.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Netherlands vs England - Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands - March 23, 2018 Netherlands' Bas Dost in action with England’s Jordan Henderson Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Dost, 29, required stitches after being assaulted in an unprecedented training ground attack by a group of some 50 masked men.

In the wake of the attack, Dost said he would leave the Portuguese club but has had a change of heart and signed a new three-year deal.

“I’m very pleased about it and I just want to look forward now. I signed here two years ago and really like this club. It has been a difficult time but I still have the overwhelming feeling that I belong here,” he told Dutch media on Monday.

“After the attack there were a lot of fans who supported me and for them I also want to stay.”

Sporting has undergone drastic change since the attack with the removal of the club’s president, a new coach and the departure of key players. Most of the attackers have been arrested.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Ian Ransom

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