Erik Ten Hag, the manager of Dutch giants Ajax, has this afternoon confirmed that his side are working hard on a deal to bring Daley Blind back to the club from Manchester United.
Out of favour
Dutch international Blind has been plying his trade at Old Trafford for 4 years now, having made the move to Manchester from Ajax for £13 million in 2014.
The versatile 28-year-old can play either as a central defender, left-back or even defensive midfielder, with his ability to fill multiple positions in impressive fashion having led to the 54-time capped Oranje star making 60 Premier League starts during his first two campaigns in Manchester.
However, Blind fell slightly out of favour during the 2016/17 season, starting around half of United’s league outings, before seeing his Red Devils’ career take a nosedive this past season, when he managed a dismal 4 Premier League starts.
As such, it is now widely predicted that Blind will be on the move this summer, with a number of clubs said to be expressing an interest in the Dutchman’s signature.
Among the interested parties are Blind’s former club, Ajax, who have long been touted as a potential destination for the versatile stopper, upon his inevitable departure from Old Trafford.
And Erik Ten Hag, manager of the Eredivisie giants, has this afternoon confirmed that his side are currently ‘doing everything’ in their power to secure Blind’s return to the club:
‘[He is] a player with a lot of experience, in the Premier League and in the Dutch national team,‘ Ten Hag told Sky Sports News.
‘He can handle both positions well, both as a central defender and as a controlling midfielder.’
‘We are doing everything, but it also depends on other parties.’