Manchester United and Ajax love affair continues as United have signed another teenager from Ajax. United have signed highly rated youngster Millen Baars, fending off interests from London clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal.
Ajax recently appointed Baars the captain of the side but he decided to pursue his career in England. The 16 year old Dutch winger’s father has revealed that the player has dumped the London clubs to join Manchester United. Baars has followed fellow Netherlands prodigy Tahith Chong’s footsteps to Old Trafford and will be eligible to play for United Under 18 team from January.
“We have had talks with Ajax that were between Millen and the club,” his father told Noordhollands Dagblad, in an interview. “But it was certainly nothing shocking, he was even appointed captain this season of the B1.”
“Ajax is a great club with a very good youth, but they can unfortunately not cope so very well. You saw in the past with other youth players who now play at other clubs. But Millen was ready for a different challenge.”
“He played nine seasons in Amsterdam and he has always had the dream to play football in England. There was interest from Italy, Portugal and England, but when he was at Chelsea and United to look, he knew he wanted to play in Manchester. He did not even see Arsenal, his choice was made,” concluded his father.
Baars, the 1.84 meters tall forward is basically an winger, can play at both right an and left flanks. The versatile forward can also play as number 10.
After Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Gyliano van Velzen being the young players whom Manchester United signed from Ajax, Daley Blind was signed for £13.8million back in 2014, by the former manager Louis Van Gaal.
United Academy head Nicky Butt had said earlier this year that the club would make an adequate number of academy signings for squad depth.
“We’re short on a few numbers in the different age groups and it’s something we need to address,” Butt said last season in a presser, “Something we are addressing and something we will hopefully get over the line in the next few weeks, in time for next season.”
“It’s the same as any other club. We all want to attract the best young players in Europe, at whatever age, and we’re exactly the same. We want to attract the best players we can from all over Europe and bring them into what we feel is already a great set-up,” Butt concluded.
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