Ajax and Jairo Riedewald have agreed to extend his contract, which had been effective until June 30 2019. The new, improved agreement is retroactively effective per January 1, 2016, until June 30, 2020.
Riedewald was born on September 9, 1996, in Haarlem. The left-footed defender has been playing in Ajax’s youth academy since 2007. On December 19, 2013, he made his debut in the first team during the IJsselmeervogels – Ajax (0-3) cup match. Riedewald has played in 63 official matches to date in Ajax’s first team, scoring two goals.
“Signing this great contract has given me the peace of mind to focus on my recovery”, said a contented Riedewald, whose ankle was injured four weeks ago. “I’m going through a difficult time, but I am on schedule in terms of my recovery. I’m still walking on crutches, but that’s to give my ankle some rest. I’m doing well mentally and physically. I would love to still play one match this season, either in Ajax 1 or the Ajax Reserves. But if that’s not possible, then I’ll focus on next season.”
“This is a good signal to our players”, said director of football affairs Marc Overmars after the signing. “When players go from being on the bench to being on the squad, and then on to the Dutch national team, then a contract extension is in order. Jairo is an example of this progress. Right now he’s facing some difficulties because of his injury. That’s a shame for him, but it was never a point of discussion when it came to this contract extension.”