Jaap Stam has been appointed captain of Ajax by coach Henk ten Cate. The Ajax boss informed the experienced defender about his decision in the training camp of Ajax in De Lutte. ,,I am honoured", said Stam.
Jaap Stam came to Ajax at the start of the season from AC Milan. He counts Manchester United among his previous clubs. ,,I have captained them a few times´´, said Stam after the friendly of Ajax against ABS (0-11). ,,But I was never their regular captain. It is a great honour for me to be Ajax´s captain. Ajax is a big club and I have a feeling something good can develop this season.´´
,,Jaap is á great player", said Henk ten Cate. ,,As second captain I have appointed kenneth Perez, he is the captian from the group of foreign plyers. And the third captain is Klaas Jan Huntelaar, from the group of young talents. Jaap is a player to whom the other players listen, he will be the extension of the coach on the pitch and he will be the representative of the group. Jaap is a winner, he always trains well and is a true professional. The young players will learn a lot from him.´´