Manchester United‘s new signing Daley Blind said it is a ‘dream come true’ to join the 20 time league champions.
The 24 year old moved to the Manchester club on deadline day, but the deal had been agreed by Ajax and United before itself. Blind had been linked with a move to Manchester United during the World Cup after he put on outstanding performances for his nation under van Gaal. The player had then denied the rumors saying that it is easy for them to surface when a club and nation is managed by the same person. However, van Gaal seemed keen on bringing in the impressive player from Ajax who primarily plays as a defender but was successfully operated as a defensive midfielder last season.
Blind admitted that it was an easy choice for him to move away because such a chance might not have come again. The versatile Dutchman signed a three-year contract with United on the final day of the summer transfer window.
“Those (Manchester United) are players everyone knows about and I am a big fan of them. It’s now a dream come true to play for Manchester United and I’m very happy that I have this chance. It feels very good and I am very excited to start. I am very happy to be here,” the 24-year-old told MUTV.
“It has been very busy. Everything was going so fast so I didn’t really have time to think about it all, but as I said I’m really happy to be here. United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. If you look at their history they have won a lot of cups and they have had players here for their whole career, like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes”
Blind praised United manager Louis van Gaal and said that the players will feel inspired to perform well under him. He expects everything at 100 per cent every day in training and in matches and everybody wants to produce that for him and also for yourself.
“That’s one of the biggest strengths of the manager.”
Blind also thanked Ajax for everything they have done for him and his career. He said, “It’s a little bit crazy. I was with Ajax from seven-years-old which feels like a whole lifetime. But I’m 24 now and I think it’s a good move to make and a chance like this may never come again. Ajax gave me everything that I needed to be a player in the youth academy and then the first team and I’m really happy that I was there for such a long time, and it was they who helped me get here.”