Ajax manager Erik ten Hag confirms his interest in bringing back Manchester United star Daley Blind to his former club this summer.
According to a report by an English Publication Sky Sports, Ajax are reportedly pursuing the 28-year-old player to sign this summer, with the Ajax manager Erik ten Hag validating the rumours after he admitted his interest in the Dutch international.
Daley Blind is considered surplus to the requirements of the Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Blind has made 90 Premier League appearances in four years at Old Trafford – only 30 of them under the charge of the Portuguese.
In the 2017/18 season, Blind has fallen even lower in the pecking order under Mourinho, as he was limited to seven appearances last season, three of which came in the first three matchdays of the season.
Moreover, Blind has very slim chances to revive his career at Manchester United roster, since they already completed the signing of the midfielder Fred, and have resumed their search for an alternative in the left-back position. The likes of Danny Rose and Kieran Tierney have already been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.
Thus, it has piqued the interest of Ajax, and they are ready to offer Blind a fresh start at the Johan Cruyff Arena. Blind’s versatility – his ability to play in central midfield, central defence and left-back – seems to have appealed to Ten Hag. Additionally, Blind’s former union with Ajax makes him a trusted ally of the Dutch club, making him as a viable target for de Godenzonen this summer.
Moreover, Inter Milan have also shown interest in Daley Blind, who are vying to bolster their defensive department this summer. The 28-year-old himself has also signalled a possible departure from the club after the Chelsea vs Manchester United FA Cup final clash.
Furthermore, according to additional claims by Sky Sports, Ten Hag has claimed that Blind’s arrival to Amsterdam is likely to depend on whether Ajax are successful in their pursuit of the Boca Juniors central defender Lisandro Magallan.
When inquired about Magallan, Hag said, “He is still in the picture, but whether he would actually arrive is still unclear, it will be either Magallan or Blind, both of them do not seem realistic.” But Blind’s former association with Ajax might work in his favour, since Hag has claimed that he has left no stone unturned to land the Dutch international.
Presently, Blind’s contract with Manchester United runs till the end of the next season. Thus, the Dutch club could bargain for him and could easily get him for cheap. It would be interesting to watch Blind make his return to his boyhood club after four years.
Hence, a move out of England looks like the most logical way out for the Dutch international, with Ajax already making quite an effort to acquire his services this summer.