Daley Blind leaves Ajax. The 32-year-old defender had his contract released in Amsterdam, which ran until the end of this season. Al-Makfuf played 333 matches with Ajax, in which he scored 13 goals.
“We have reached an agreement with Daley in recent days to terminate the contract, which is still outstanding,” says Ajax’s general manager Edwin van der Sar. “I hope he continues the final phase of his successful football career at another club.”
Blind became a national champion seven times with Ajax. Only Johan Cruyff and Chjak Swart have won more national titles with the club.
The 99-time international Orange may start work in Belgium in Antwerp, club coach Mark van Bommel and technical director Marc Overmars.
Yesterday it was already announced that Danny Blind, Daly’s father, will not return to the supervisory board at Ajax. The blind had resigned from his position last year when he began working with the Orange as an assistant to the national coach Louis van Gaal. The intention was for Blind to return to the supervisory board after the World Cup, but he decided not to.
Young Blind lost his starting place at Ajax this season under coach Alfred Schroeder. National coach Louis van Gaal has kept faith in the versatile left-back. Blind had a starting place in all matches in the World Cup in Qatar and scored during the match with the United States in the eighth finals (3-1). The Orange had to play in the quarter-finals on penalties against later world champions Argentina.
Train at Ajax
Blind trained at Ajax and made his debut in the main force at the end of 2008. After a rental spell at FC Groningen in the 2009-2010 season, he won four national titles in a row with Ajax. Blind moved to Manchester United in the summer of 2014, but returned to Amsterdam four years later. The defender became a three-time champion in his second spell at Ajax and twice won the KNVB Cup. Blind was an important link in the team that nearly reached the Champions League Final in 2019.
After the departure of coach Erik ten Hag last summer and the arrival of Schroeder, Blind’s position has slowly but surely been discussed. Schroeder favored Owen Wigndal as a left back in the final weeks of the first half of the season.
Van der Sar said: “It was agreed with Daly that we will determine together in which match in the arena he can say goodbye to the fans in a nice way.”
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