Davy Klaassen returned to Ajax on Monday. The Amsterdammers pay 11 million to Werder Bremen, the transfer fee can go up to 14 million via bonuses.
‘Klaassen can help young players with experience’
The 27-year-old Klaassen will sign in the Johan Cruijff ArenA until the summer of 2024. He returns to the club where he entered the youth academy in 2004 and played in the first team between 2011 and 2017. Klaassen gets shirt number 6.
“I am very happy to be back at Ajax, it feels like coming home to me. I have spent half my life here and it is nice to be here again”, Klaassen says on the website of Ajax. “I have always felt attached to the club and am looking forward to wearing the Ajax shirt again.”
In his first period at Ajax, Klaassen became national champion three times and took the Johan Cruijff Shield once. In 2017, he lost the Europa League final against Manchester United (0-2) in his last match for the Amsterdam team.
Klaassen then left for Everton for 27 million, but the midfielder could not command a basic place at the Premier League club. A year later he moved to Werder Bremen for 13.5 million. In Germany, the sixteen-time Orange-international did become an important player, but his club mainly fought against relegation.
Klaassen wants to play for the prizes again at Ajax. “Davy is a child of the club, it is good that he is now returning to this age. He is ambitious and wants to achieve great things with Ajax in the coming years, to win titles”, says director of football affairs of Ajax Marc Overmars.
“His personality ensures an even better balance in our squad and, moreover, with his experience he can help our younger players to grow to an even higher level.”
Ajax also brought Hassane Bandé back immediately. The 21-year-old attacker from Burkina Faso has been rented to the Swiss FC Thun for the past eighteen months. Bandé, who came over from KV Mechelen in 2018, is still waiting for his debut in Ajax’s main force, partly due to a serious injury.
The transfer market in the Netherlands closes on Tuesday. In most surrounding countries, clubs are only allowed to do business on Mondays.