The dye has been cast. Mauro Rosales returns to his native Argentina to play for River Plate. After two and a half years the right winger bids Ajax farewell.
,,The past years were great'', said the argentine before saying goodbye to the staff of Ajax. ,,It was the first time in Europe for me and Ajax clearly was the best choice for me. Because of the team, the individual players and everyone that works for Ajax, I look back at those three years with great fondness. Of course, there are also negative things, but in the end I had a great time at Ajax. I have always worked hard and I leave with good memories. I am proud to have been an Ajax player.''
Rosales leaves Ajax not only with in his bagage the Cup win in 2006 and two Johan Cruijff Shields, he also takes home precious memories of Amsterdam and the Amsterdammers. ,,Many people have helped me and have shown me around. It is good to know that I have good friends in Holland.''
Now Rosales returns to Argentina to play for top club River Plate. ,,It is the best club in the country; every little boy in Argentina wants to play there later. I have heard good things about the club of players of the national team. River Plate is a lot like Ajax in that respect. That's why I am going back; I could not pass this up.''
The South-American has not ruled out a return to Europe. ,,I hope to get another chance with a European club after River Plate. In Spain, Italy or maybe Holland.'' But first Rosales turns his focus to a new start at River Plate and his departure of Ajax. ,,I have always done my best at Ajax. My mentality is to always give a hundred per cent. I always want to win.''