Manchester United have announced the signing of Netherlands international Daley Blind. The former Ajax defensive midfielder come defender travelled to Manchester on Saturday for a medical after a deal was struck between the two teams late on Friday evening. Blind stayed in the Lowry hotel in Manchester, leaving on Sunday for the Netherlands, where he had a few loose ends to tie up with his now former club along with the Footballer of the Year awards which was held in Hilversum this evening, with Blind picking up the Golden Shoe Award with his manager Louis van Gaal picking up a Lifetime Achievement award.
Blind, 24, came through the youth ranks at Ajax, made his senior debut back in 2008, the club of his hometown, Amsterdam and has signed a four-year contract with the Old Trafford club for a fee of £14 million. This shows great value for a player that is able to play in a number of positions including left-back, left-wing-back, central defender and defensive midfielder, which is the position he will most likely play in for United this season. There is an option for his deal to be extended for a further year, meaning he could spend five years at the club, if not more. Blind have been capped 19 time for the senior Netherlands side and during the FIFA World Cup this summer, he was the provider of the assist for that impressive Robin van Persie headed goal against Spain in one of the opening fixtures of the World Cup, seeing his side beat the former World Champions 5-1, which was a great result.
Speaking about his transfer to Manchester United, Daley Blind said:
“It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United.
“I have been at Ajax since I was seven years old and I will always have very fond memories of the club and of my time there.
“Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, I have worked with him at Ajax and also for the Netherlands national team and I cannot wait to work with him at the biggest club in the world.”
Louis van Gaal speaking of his fifth summer signing, said:
“I am delighted Daley has signed for the club.
“He is a very intelligent and versatile footballer that can play in many positions.
“Daley is a great reader of the game, he has played under my philosophy over a number of years and he will be a great addition to the team.”
Blind will not make his debut for Manchester United for the best part of two weeks because of the international break. United will also expect Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao to also make their debuts for the club alongside Blind, possibly against Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on Sunday 14th September 2014, a match which will be shown live on Sky Sports as part of Super Sunday. Withe United looking for their first victory of the season, there will be some squad looking for redemption on that day…