1 September 2014 20:39
Daley Blind’s move from Ajax to Manchester United has been finalised, with the Netherlands international signing a four-year deal.
Ajax announced on Saturday that they had accepted a bid of €17.5million (£13.8m) from United for the versatile 24-year-old.
And Blind is now set to link up with his former national coach, Louis van Gaal, at Old Trafford, with the club retaining the option to extend his contract for another year.
“It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United,” Blind told the club’s official website.
“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.”
Van Gaal has taken just two points from his three league matches in charge and he will hope that the arrival of Blind will help to spark an upturn in form.
The Dutchman 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, capped 19 times by his country, follows Angel di Maria in switching to the 13-time Premier League champions, who finished seventh in the English top flight under David Moyes last term.
The pressure is on Van Gaal to restore glory to the club, but the scale of the task has been evidenced by a poor start to the campaign, which has included a humiliating League Cup loss to third-tier MK Dons.
United face newly promoted duo QPR and Leicester City in consecutive matches after the international break.