Climax Mendes da Silva at the end of 2002

With a new year there´s also a new Ajax player. David Mendes da Silva is leaving Sparta for Ajax and will join the selection untill the end of this season. Of course his goal is to stay longer in Amsterdam.

Where will you be at Christmas and/or New Year’s Eve?
,,I celebrate Christmas with my family in Rotterdam. On December 24 we have Christmas dinner, with turkey. I’ll go to a holiday cottage with my girlfriend on December 25. New Year’s Eve I am with my family again, with nice food and drinks.’’

What was the most important in 2002?
,,In football, my transfer to Ajax is the most important thing of course! I had an ankle injury at the beginning of the year. With Sparta, under coach Frank Rijkaard, we went through a bad period and we relegated. We did well at the start of the season, but we lost too many in the last matches before the winter break.’’
In my personal life the most important event was getting to know my girlfriend in June.’'

Your expectations for 2003?
,,I hope to get a contract here. And of course I want to be champion with Ajax and perhaps play in the Champions League.’’

With whom would you like to drink champagne?
,,With my family and my girlfriend.’’