Ajax has reached an agreement with Klaas Jan Huntelaar. In Amsterdam, the centre forward has signed an contract for one season, until June 30, 2018.
Huntelaar was born on August 12, 1983, in Voor-Drempt. He previously played with Ajax between 2006 and 2008. The centre forward made his debut in Amsterdam on January 16, 2006, in the Ajax – NEC (1-1) match and played a total of 136 official matches, in which he scored 105 goals. In 2006 and 2007, Huntelaar won both the KNVB Cup and the Johan Cruijff Shield with Ajax. During his career, he has also played for De Graafschap, PSV, AGOVV, SC Heerenveen, Real Madrid and AC Milan. For the past seven seasons (2011-2017), the forward has played at Schalke 04. He has played in 238 official matches, and scored 126 goals. Huntelaar has played for the Dutch national team 76 times, and has scored 42 goals.
Director of player policy Marc Overmars: “I’m pleased that Klaas Jan has chosen Ajax, because we’ve been interested in him for several years. Bertrand Traoré is returning to Chelsea and our selection needs two good centre forwards for next season. With Klaas Jan, we’re bringing in a experienced player who knows the club very well. He’s fit and, most importantly, he’s eager to be successful with Ajax, while at the same time, he knows what to expect. Kasper Dolberg is our first centre forward. But I know that Klaas Jan will play an important role at Ajax, both on and off the field.”
Klaas Jan Huntelaar: “It’s no secret that Ajax is my club. So I’m extremely happy to come back here. My role is clear, but I’m not coming here to slow down. Last season, Ajax played almost sixty official matches. You can’t do that with just one centre forward. So I’m going to get playing time. I feel very fit and I’m already looking forward to starting preparations at the end of June. I’ve won trophies with Ajax, but not the championship. The goal at the end of the season is to hoist that trophy up with the team.”