Ajax and Real Madrid have reached agreement about the transfer of Klaas Jan Huntelaar. The transfer, per 2 January 2009, is worth an amount of 27 million euro, of which 20 million fixed and 7 million variable.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar (25) joined Ajax in the winter break of the 2005-2006 season from Heerenveen. The striker made his debut in Amsterdam on 15 January 2006 in the match Ajax - NEC (1-1). He has played 136 official matches for Ajax, in which he has made 105 goals. The forward won the Dutch Cup and the Johan Cruijff Shield in 2006 and 2007 with Ajax.
After the agreement between both clubs, the coach of Ajax, Marco van Basten, and manager technical affairs Danny Blind, reacted to the transfer of Klaas Jan Huntelaar.In the summer, Ajax refused to let Klaas Jan go, why now?
Danny Blind, manager technical affairs ,,We did not want to lose a player of Klaas Jan's stature in the summer, especially in the last week of the transfer window. Even now we wanted him to stay. But the situation is different now. We have done our best to extend his contract, but we couldn't. His current contract runs for another year and a half and we have had to anticipate. A free transfer is obviously not in Ajax's best interest.’’The difference is also that the transfer window is not about to expire.
Blind: ,,That's right, the new transfer window has yet to open. That is important. The amount we receive is good for Ajax. For Klaas Jan, after three years at Ajax, Real Madrid is a great step in his career. He very much deserves this transfer.’’Were it exciting days?
,,Around transfers like this, there is always a certain amount of tension. There are many telephone conversations and many talks are held internally. At a certain point, we sensed that we would reach an agreement. And that has happened now. We have done business in a good and professional way with Real.”What are Ajax going to do now? Will there be a successor to Huntelaar?
Blind: ,,When Ajax bought Darío Cvitanich in April, we knew there was a chance that Klaas Jan would leave. You don't get Argentina's top goal scorer for the bench. I will not say that we won't sign anybody in the near future, and it will be an offensive-minded player. But it will not necessarily be a striker, because in fact we already have signed Klaas Jan's successor.’’
Marco van Basten: ,,I am happy for Klaas Jan with this transfer, let me be clear on that. We would have liked to finish the season with him. It is normal that when a club such as Real Madrid comes calling, it is very difficult to keep him. And at Ajax we have to think about more than one player, it's about making a policy for the future. That is very important to me. Klaas Jan's situation is well-known and very different than the past summer.’’Are the goals of Ajax with the captain leaving now different?
,,No, they stay the same. We want to win the championship and will do everything to achieve that.’’