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BREAKING | Manchester United Confirm Transfer of 28 Year old Defender on a four Year Contract

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The 28-year-old defender has left the Old Trafford and is heading back home to Amsterdam to his former club, Ajax according to an official statement released by the club

The 4-year-deal for Daley Blind is worth an initial fee of £14.1m, which could rise to £18.5m based on his performance.

Blind was brought to United by Louis van Gaal in 2014 and has had a total of 90 league appearances for the Red Devils in his 4 years.

The versatile Dutch defender used to start for the United’s squad during his time with van Gaal, but since Mourinho’s arrival, he has really been struggling for some main team action and had only featured in 7 league games in the last season.

During his four years, Daley Blind made a total of 141 appearances and has won the League Cup, FA Cup, the Europa League and the Community Shield for Manchester United.

On twitter, After official confirmation of his move Blind said:

First of all I want to say how proud I am to be a part of the Manchester United family.

To play for the biggest club in the world with such a history meant a lot to me. I had 4 great years with 4 trophies!”

Following the transfer, Jose Mourinho went on to issue a heartfelt tribute to a player he described as one of the most professional he had ever met in his 18 years of management saying : 

“I have to say, that in my 18 years of management, Daley is one of the most professional players, both on and off the pitch, that I have had the pleasure to work with.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish him all the very best as he rejoins his boyhood club, Ajax, and thank him from the bottom of my heart for his commitment and dedication over the past two seasons.”

Nevertheless, Ajax gives Daley a hero’s welcome with their own version of the England’s world cup campaign song, ‘Daley’s coming home’.

Letting Blind go was the best decision for him. With a few more new signings for United, Blind would have missed out on a lot of time on the pitch or even on the bench. Moving to Ajax will surely restore his former glory and he would be a vital player for them in a coming years.

Daley Blind was a very resourceful player, with his flexibility to play as a defensive midfielder to a full back, he was quite versatile as a defender. But his time as a player started perishing as van Gaal made an exit, he was never under Mourinho’s spotlight, so letting him go wouldn’t have affected United’s future as such.

Daley’s exit gives an opportunity for United to concentrate on signing a few potential youngsters to their squad like Diego Dalot and building their quality.

The Dutchman has now started his training for their pre-season friendlies against Wolverhampton Wanderers and seems ready to debut for his boyhood club.

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