Ajax and Lasse Schöne have reached an agreement to extend his contract which had been valid until June 30, 2015. The new and improved contract is effective for two years, until June 30, 2017.
Schöne was born on May 27, 1986 in Glostrup, Denmark. The attacking midfielder arrived transfer-free from Nijmegen in the summer of 2012. He made his debut with the first team on August 5, 2012, in the PSV- Ajax (4-2) Johan Cruijff Shield match. The Dane has played 115 official matches to date with Ajax’s first team, scoring 31 times.
Coach Frank de Boer is pleased: “I’m happy he’s staying at Ajax. Since his arrival, Lasse has proven to be an important player for us. His qualities are well-known and his experience is very valuable to us. He knows how we work, and how we wish to play. Actually he’s a key part of what we’re doing right now. We know that he can be valuable to Ajax after this season, and that’s why we want to keep him with us. He was eager to stay as well, so it’s all good.”
Lasse Schöne is happy that this contract extension is a done deal: “I’m very happy about this. I’m not making excuses for the fact that it hasn’t been going as well these past weeks, but I've been preoccuppied with this. Now the future’s clear. There has been quite a bit of interest lately, but I didn’t like any of the other clubs as much. I am happy here at Ajax. I’m so grateful to them for bringing me over from NAC transfer-free 2,5 years ago, that was a pretty big gamble on their part. In the past years I’ve had a fantastic time with two championships. I want to continue to be a part of this group. This team has a lot of potential. The fact that the pillars of the team have a longer-term contract makes it an easy decision to stay with the team. It’s only going to get more exciting and better, because this team can achieve so much.”