Ajax captain for the past two seasons and Holland international Davy Klaassen is finally parting ways with his club. The 24-year old has been at the Amsterdam club for 13 years and is another of the many world famous AFC Ajax Youth Academy graduates.
The Dutch footballer of the year in 2014 and 2016, has signed for English Club Everton FC earlier today for a transfer fee of £23.6m on a 5 year contract.
Speaking to the official Website of Everton Klaassen said: “It is difficult to leave Ajax but I think this is a good step for me now.”
The three time Eredivisie winner at the Amsterdam Arena, has made 163 appearances for Ajax since debuting for the senior side in 2011 scoring 49 times. The Dutch attacking midfielder captained the 4 times European Champions to the finals of the UEFA Europa League last season in a losing effort to Manchester United.
Everton’s manager and legendary Holland centre back, Ronald Koeman has been reported as playing a huge role in bringing the Dutch midfielder to Merseyside.
Klaassen added: “The moment that I spoke with the manager directly I got a good feeling. He is an honest guy, we talked about the club, about the way he wants to play and that gave me a positive feeling.”
The Dutch midfielder nicknamed Cheese Straw, is the second summer signing for The Toffees after they acquired the services of Jordan Pickford from Sunderland for a British record fee of £25m (for a goalkeeper).
Davy Klaassen became a very sensible signing for the 9 times English Champions after doubts surfaced regarding the future of their star midfielder Ross Barkley. The English star has been reportedly told that he’ll be sold this summer on failing to sign a contract extension at the Goodison Park.
Everton manager however has been all praises for his new signee.
He has been quoted as:
“He is a player who is only 24 but has a lot of experience and is a leader on the pitch. He has already captained Ajax for two seasons and that shows you the type of person he is. He is hardworking, likes to press and, of course, will give us more creativity and goals.”