Ajax captain Davy Klaassen moves to Everton for €27m

Ajax captain Davy Klaassen moves to Everton for €27m

Ajax captain Davy Klaassen is moving to English club Everton in a €27m deal, one of the biggest transfers ever involving a Dutch player. Klaassen, who has signed for five seasons, will join Dutch coach Ronald Koeman who is at the helm of the Liverpool club. Klaassen, 24, has played for the top Ajax team for six years. The midfielder is a product of a special Ajax training programme and has captained Ajax for the past two seasons. Ajax player policy director Marc Overmars said he would rather have kept Klaassen for another season. ‘But Davy is 24. He has played for the top team for six years after going through our entire youth programme. He is now ready for the next step in his career.’ Marc Overmars himself is the most expensive Dutch player to date. He cost €40m when he moved from Arsenal to Barcelona. 💙 | @DavyKlaassen has a message for all you Evertonians... pic.twitter.com/ouVDNAjN47 — Everton (@Everton) June 15, 2017   More >

Wesley Sneijder sets new record

Wesley Sneijder sets new record: most caps ever for Oranje Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder will on Friday night set a new record in Dutch football - by having the most ever caps for the national team. Friday's key World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg will be Sneijder's 131st turn-out for Oranje, if coach Dick Advocaat keeps his promise to play him. The current record - 130 caps - is held by keeper Edwin van der Sar. Sneijder currently plays for Turkish side Galatasaray. He won his first cap in 2003 when Oranje drew 1-1 against Portugal. He considers his best ever game to be the 2010 World Cup quarter final in which the Netherlands beat Brazil 2-1, broadcaster NOS said. The record-breaking game also coincides with Sneijder's 33rd birthday. He told reporters he has not ordered birthday cake ahead of the game. 'It is all about three points,' he said. 'I have nothing to celebrate if we don't beat Luxembourg.' Oranje is currently languishing fourth in Group A with seven points from five matches and is struggling to qualify for Russia 2018.  More >

Who will replace Peter Bosz at Ajax?

Ajax captain Davy Klaassen moves to Everton for €27m With Ajax coach Peter Bosz confirmed to be heading for Germany, speculation has now begun about who will succeed him in Amsterdam. Bosz only joined Ajax last year when he took over from Frank de Boer and had a contract to run until 2019. After losing the Europa League final 2-0 to Manchester United, Bosz told reporters that he had no plans to leave Ajax. However, Dutch papers said on Tuesday that Bosz is embroiled in a major conflict with other trainers at the club, prompting his departure. Football commentator Frank Snoeks says Erik ten Hag, currently coach at FC Utrecht, is a likely candidate to replace Bosz. Other names being mentioned include German  Roger Schmidt, last with Bayer Leverkusen and, says Snoeks, has a similar style to Bosz. Jaap Stam, currently at Reading in England, is also considered one to watch. He is by far the favourite in an online poll held by the AD on Tuesday. Ten Hag is second in the poll and Clarence Seedorf third. The first training session ahead of the new season and Champions League qualification rounds is due to take place in three weeks time.  More >

Ajax coach Peter Bosz to move to Dortmund

Ajax captain Davy Klaassen moves to Everton for €27m Ajax coach Peter Bosz is to move to German club Borussia Dortmund, despite his contract with the Amsterdammers running to 2019, the Telegraaf and AD said on Tuesday. Bosz only joined Ajax last year when he took over from Frank de Boer. He had a difficult start before whipping his young side into shape and making it to the final of the Europa League. After losing the final 2-0 to Manchester United, Bosz told reporters that he had no plans to leave Ajax. However, Dutch papers report that he does have a conflict with the other trainers, including assistant Hennie Spijkerman and keepers' coach Carlo L'Ami. The papers say Dortmund, without a manager since sacking Thomas Tuchel in May, have reached a deal with Ajax and that Bosz will be presented to the German club on Tuesday afternoon.   More >

Tom Dumoulin wins Giro d'Italia cycle race

Cyclist Tom Dumoulin is first Dutchman to win Giro D’Italia Dutchman Tom Dumoulin has won the 100th Giro d'Italia in Milan - becoming the first Dutchman ever to win the round Italy cycle race. Dumoulin, 26, started the day in fourth place but managed to beat leader Nairo Quintana in the final day’s time trial by 31 seconds, completing the 29.3 km final stage in 33.23. Dumoulin is the first Dutch rider to win a Grand Tour since Joop Zoetemelk took the Tour de France title in 1980 and the first Dutchman on the winner's podium since  1990, when Erik Breukink was third in the Tour. ‘This is incredible. It was such a nerve-wracking day but I had good legs and I just went for it,’ Dumoulin said after the race. Race report  More >