Wesley Sneijder extends contract with Ajax

Ajax and Wesley Sneijder have reached an agreement for a new contract. The new deal will start on July 1 2003 and will run for four years. Sneijder made his debut in Ajax's first team this season and also played his first matches for both the national team under 21 and Holland's A-squad.

Ajax’s technical director Leo Beenhakker is very pleased with the new deal for Sneijder. Beenhakker: ,,Wesley Sneijder is another big talent from our own youth development program. It's great for the club that we have been able to sign him to 2007. In the past it was thought that Ajax were developing talent for foreign clubs. In the strongly changing football market Ajax now succeed to preserve talented players for the club. That is a very positive development.”

Wesley Sneijder made his debut in Ajax's first team on February 2 of this year (Willem II - Ajax: 0-6). He has played 15 matches in the Holland Casino Eredivisie, scoring 4 times in those games. He also played 3 matches in the UEFA Champions League, in which Ajax reached the quarter finals.

Sneijder's remarkable performance in Ronald Koeman's squad earned him debuts for Holland under 21 and the national senior team. Sneijder made his debut for the national team under 21 in the Euro 2004 qualifier against the Czech Republic (0-3). On April 30 Sneijder received his first minutes from coach Dick Advocaat for Holland's A-squad in the friendly against Portugal (1-1).

Wesley Sneijder played in the Ajax youth development program. After winning the national championship with Ajax 2 in 2001, he won the Dutch title again in the 2001-2002 season, with both the Ajax juniors and Ajax 2. At the end of the 2001-2002 season, Sneijder was voted the best player of the Shell Junior League.