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Poulsen back at AZ Alkmaar

Denmark international Simon Poulsen has returned to AZ Alkmaar after terminating his contract with Sampdoria.

Poulsen won the Eredivisie with AZ in 2009, but left the club on a free transfer 18 months ago to join Sampdoria.

However, Poulsen fell out of love with the game during his spell in Italy which saw him only make seven appearances in Serie A.

The left-back has conceded he has missed the AZ fans and that he cannot wait to get back playing and to enjoy his football again.

"I'm an emotional person. In Alkmaar I always felt appreciation of the club and its fans. Therefore I could perform," Poulsen told the club's official website.

"As the crowd chanted my name, I flew over the field. After I left Alkmaar I felt what their appreciation meant to me.

"I want to find the joy in my football again."