Van der Vaart (Zaanstad, May 28, 2006) transfers from the Danish club Esbjerg fB, where he has been part of the youth academy since 2020. In Amsterdam, he will join the U18 team. Damián is the son of Rafael van der Vaart, who played a total of 156 matches for Ajax 1 between 2000 and 2005, scoring 61 goals during that time.
By signing his contract at Ajax, Damián van der Vaart follows in the footsteps of his father, Rafael. The seventeen-year-old left a good impression during his internship and did not need advise from his father this time. "I did not have to think about this for long."