Marc Overmars is happy that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will also be an Ajax player next season. The director of football affairs of the Amsterdammers is also hopeful that the striker will remain with the club after his career.
"It is great that he will sign up for another year. We wanted to keep Klaas-Jan for the club anyway and we are convinced that he can also be of value as a player next season," says a satisfied Overmars on the Ajax site on Monday.
The now 36-year-old Huntelaar is due to his contract extension for his sixth season with Ajax. The striker already played for the 34-time national champion between 2006 and 2008 and returned to Amsterdam in the summer of 2017.
Although Huntelaar no longer has the status of first striker during his second period at Ajax, he was still valuable with 46 goals in the last three seasons for the club with which he was champion in the 2018/2019 season, won the TOTO KNVB cup and reached the semifinals of the Champions League.
'Huntelaar of value in developing talents'
His role in the selection will in principle not change next season, although Overmars hopes that Huntelaar will also act as a mentor. "We are sure that it can also be of value in other areas. For example, in the development of talented strikers such as Lassina Traoré and Brian Brobbey."
Huntelaar indicates that he no longer sees himself playing in a different shirt and that is why he seems to end his career at Ajax as well. There is also a good chance that the 76-fold international will remain connected to Ajax after his playing career.
"We have already talked about the future and other roles for him at the club. But we will talk about that at a later stage," said Overmars.
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