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Official: Manchester United defender Daley Blind rejoins Ajax for £18m

Daley Blind has rejoined Ajax from Manchester United in deal that could rise to £18million.

The Dutch club have paid an initial fee of £14m but add-ons could increase that figure by another £4m.

Ajax announced the signing with a video on Twitter and wrote: ‘Daley = Coming Home #HesComingHome.’
The clip cut footage of Blind’s previous time at the club with film of him greeting his new team-mates at their training base in Amsterdam.

Three Lions was adapted to ‘Three stars on the shirt’ and ‘Daley’s coming home’ as the classic tune blared over the video.

And despite the excitement of returning to his boyhood club, Blind took a moment to thank those who have supported him over the last four years at Old Trafford.
He wrote: ‘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 trophys!

‘I want to thank everyone, the managers, coaches, the medical department, everyone who helped me to settle in so quick at the beginning, of course my teammates and last but definitely not least the fans!

‘I want to thank you for all the love and support I received and still get. I will never forget some of the special games and moments, I will miss you ‘The Theatre of Dreams’! But now its time to go home.’
Blind made 141 appearances for Manchester United and won the Europa League, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield.

He will be welcomed back by Ajax fans with open arms having spent his formative years with the four-time European champions.
The midfielder started as an eight-year-old in the famous academy before making his official debut in 2008.

Having claimed the Eredivisie on four occasions with Ajax, Blind will be hoping to recreate similar levels of success during his second stint at the club.

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