Mauro Damián Rosales arrived at the Amsterdam ArenA on Thursday afternoon after a long journey. The Argentinian signing was presented to the media by Ajax.
Managing director Arie van Eijden explained the procedures concerning the transfer of Rosales. ,,He was in our scouting program for an extensive period, but we wanted to see him 'live' before we signed him and that was only possible during the Olympic Games in Athens. Then we had to give him a physical examination and we managed to do that in Athens as well. Back in Argentina he had to wait for a work permit. Once the permit was issued Rosales had to collect it at the Dutch embassy in Buenos Aires. These logistical problem are all part of transfers, but we are very happy that we managed to sign this player."
Ronald Koeman was also pleased with the new acquisition. ,,He is one hundred percent a right winger, or we would have made another choice for that position. Rosales playes deep on the right side, he has good moves and is quick. His weapon is that he plays deep without the ball, most Ajax players always want the ball in their feet. He plays on the edge of offside and once he gets through, he makes good decisions. He also takes the corner kicks and free kicks. His left foot is okay, but we'll work on that some more in training.''
The coach confirmed that he would play Rosales in the match against ADO Den Haag on Sunday. ,,Of course we want to use him as soon as possible, but he's had a long season. Only recently he played in the Olympics. Now he has had a long journey. So I don't know if he will play from the beginning, but I will use him in the match." Koeman is proud that Ajax can sign a player of Rosales' calibre. ,,Ajax has a big name abroad. So big, that an Argentinian international wants to play here. That is a compliment for the club.''
Rosales can confirm that name. ,,I have seen several matches of Ajax on television in Argentina. They play at a high level. Everybody wants to play for Ajax and that is why I am happy that I have been given this chance and that the club has confidence in me.''
Rosales can't wait to get started, despite the fact that he is tired. ,,The will to play is bigger than my fatigue. I want to get to know the players and start training, so I can do my best for the club. I want to play an important part with Ajax in the league and in Europe."
To get to know his teammates and the Ajax system as soon as possible, Rosales has to take Dutch lessons. ,,It is the first time that I live abroad, so I don't know what it is like. But I am going to learn Dutch and I will adjust to the new situation.''