Technical director Martin van Geel presented his latest siging Juanfran to the press. The brand new Ajax player needs some time to get fit, but he is eager to begin playing for his new club. ,,I can't wait to get started'', Juanfran said.
Martin van Geel introduced Juanfran to the press Saturday. ,,We wanted a defender who can also give the team offensive impulses and who thinks forward, like Maxwell does. He is the replacement of Maxwell who will be injured for a long time. Ajax took him on loan from Besiktas, and have an option to buy him, so we have nine months to decide whether he can stay here. Maxwell himself was very happy with the news that we signed Juanfran. He said 'what is good for Ajax, is good for me'. Juanfran was already in talks with English Premier League clubs, but broke it off when he heard Ajax were interested. In our chouice for him, we went by our memory, our feeling and dvd's. He hasn't played for a while at Besiktas, but he was worth the gamble.''
Juanfran blamed the firing of his coach Del Bosque at Besiktas for his lack of rhythm. ,,They appointed a Turkish coach and he did not choose for me. I hope to get fit as soon as possible, because I want to start playing for Ajax. It's an honour to play for this club and to wear the shirt. I see the loan as a first step, I hope to stay here longer. When I played against Ajax with Celta de Vigo, I was really impressed with the atmosphere in the stadium and the fans. Ajax is a big club and I hope to get back in the national team of Spain when I play here.''