Ajax held their first training session of the new season on Monday. It gave the supporters the chance to give new boss Martin Jol a warm welcome in Amsterdam.
The first training session was mainly about recovering from all the tests the players had undergone in the morning. The team was cheered loudly when it took the training pitch on youth complex De Toekomst, where Ajax 1 will hold the majority of its practices during the week.
The players already present were Toby Alderweireld, Daley Blind, Mitchell Donald, Evander Sno, Dario Cvitanich, Oleguer, Ismaïl Aissati, Jan-Arie van der Heijden, Kennedy, Siem de Jong, Rob Wielaert, Javier Martina, Vurnon Anita, Darko Bodul, Gabri, Urby Emanuelson, Rasmus Lindgren, Jan Vertonghen and Kenneth Vermeer. Young Ajax players Sergio Padt and Christian Supusepa, A2-junior Marco Bizot and A1-player Marvin Zeegelaar also trained with the squad. The internationals report back on 29 June.
The many fans also cheered for new coach Martin Jol. The boss in return applauded the supporters and raised his fist to them as a sign of victory.
After the training, Jol gave his first press conference. He confessed that he was not quite sure how he would be received. ,,You never know, I am after all from The Hague”, he said with a smile. ,,But it was great. There were more peoople than I had expected.”
During the first training sesssion, Jol had noticed some positive things. ,,Some of the young guys who come back from injuries, have surprised me today.”
Despite the level of the current squad, Jol still hopes to further strengthen his team. ,,I always want to win”, Jol said. ,,The first thing you need for that is good players. We are very busy to get them. I also hope that the players who were signed last season, can take another step upwards.”