Christian Poulsen has informed Ajax’s management that he will not accept the club’s offer to extend his contract. The Dane is currently unsure of what his next career step will be.
Poulsen (34) came to Ajax transfer-free in the summer of 2012, after his contract with the French Thonon Gaillard FC had ended. The former Danish international had previously been active for Liverpool FC, Juventus FC, Sevilla FC, FC Schalke 04 and FC Kopenhagen. He was born on February 28 1980 in Asnæs, Denmark. He’s won the national championship twice and the Johan Cruijff Trophy once in Amsterdam. Poulsen can play his 80th official duel for Ajax against NEC on Saturday.
Director of football affairs Marc Overmars: “In both seasons he’s played here, Christian has been a very valuable asset. That doesn’t necessarily show in terms of goals or assists, but in different ways. For example, his winner’s mentality. He’s always in top shape, lives like an absolute top athlete and brings a wealth of international experience. If Ajax needed him, he was there. I can think of several matches from his first year that he won for us, such as important duels against FC Twente and PSV. The same goes for last season. He played in 42 matches last season, and that says a lot about how important he is. We offered him to stay and play with Ajax for another year, which he considered. Yesterday, he informed us that, unfortunately, he will not accept the offer.”
Christian Poulsen: “It was a very difficult decision, since I enjoy being at Ajax very much. My family does, too. It’s a great club with great people. I want to thank them all for this great time. We took a few weeks to think about it, in order to make the right decision. I made this decision with my head, not my heart. If I had made it with my heart, I would have stayed at Ajax. But I want to say goodbye in a positive way, which I’m doing now, as a fit player with another championship. I don’t know what I’m going to do. My feelings are sending us back to Denmark, but that would mean the end of playing football. I’m still thinking about what’s best. If a club from another competition comes to me, then we’ll certainly think about it.”
Ajax will bid farewell to Poulsen after Saturday’s match against NEC in the ArenA.