Ajax have signed Kennedy Bakircioglü. The 26-year old Swedish player, who transfers to Ajax from FC Twente, today signed a four-year contract that will run from 1 July.
,,I am very happy to be playing for Ajax from now on”, a smiling Bakircioglü says after he has signed his contract in the office of technical director Martin van Geel. Wearing the Ajax shirt he explains why Ajax is the right club for him. ,,Ajax are a good and big club, who also play the attacking style that suits me best. The feeling is very good.”
Bakircioglü began his professional career in 1996 with Swedish club Assyriska. He moved to Hammarby three years later and captured the Swedish title there in 2001. After two years with Greek side Iraklis, he joined FC Twente in the summer of 2005. He immediately became a mainstay in Enschede, who drew attention for his dangerous offensive moves and excellent shot. The 2006-2007 season meant his real breakthrough. He scored 15 goals in the Dutch league and reached the playoffs for a Champions League ticket with FC Twente.
Ajax were among the clubs who were impressed by the forward. ,,After Mauro Rosales left, we kept a close eye on him”, Van Geel says about his latest signing. ,,Besides being a good football player he also is a guy that fits in our group well.” Kennedy, as is his football name, did not have to think long when Ajax came calling. ,,Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is a good friend of mine, had already told me positive stories about the club. I am looking forward to the upcoming seasons and I hope we can make the supporters happy.”