Ajax confirm re-signing of Klass-Jan Huntelaar
Ajax have re-signed their former striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on a one-year contract after his departure from German side Schalke.
Huntelaar, 33, played for the Dutch giants from 2006 to 2008, scoring 105 goals.
In April, the Netherlands international announced that he would be leaving Schalke when his contract expired at the end of the season.
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He joined Schalke from AC Milan in 2010 but found playing time limited last season, starting only 5 Bundesliga games.
After signing his deal at Ajax, he told the club’s official website:
“It’s no secret that Ajax is my club, so I’m very glad to return.I feel very fit and I’m already looking forward to the end of June when the preseason preparation begins.”
He also added “I won trophies with Ajax, but not the title. That is the goal at the end of the season.”
Players policy director Marc Overmars said Huntelaar was “an experienced player who knows the club.”
“He knows what awaits him. Kasper Dolberg is our main striker, but I am sure that Klaas Jan will play a key role, both on and off the field.”
Ajax have made a good move to sign Huntelaar as he is very experienced and knows the conditions very well and future of Bertrand Traore is also in doubts for the Amsterdam side.
So adding Huntelaar can be a sensible move as he will bring a lot of experience on and off the field. He could mentor the young Ajax side and they could use his experience to help themselves adapt to different situations and build their mentality for the upcoming important matches next season.
Signing a senior player like Huntelaar can bring a lot of positiveness in their dressing room and will also allow them a much needed experience which the current Ajax side lack.