Ajax announce Westermann signing

Ajax Amsterdam have announced the signing of Germany international defender Heiko Westermann on a two-year contract.

Westermann joins the Dutch giants on a free transfer despite having one year left on his deal at La Liga side Real Betis.

The 32-year-old admitted that the opportunity to join the prestigious Eredivisie side was an offer he simply could not refuse at this stage of his career.

"I am very happy with my contract at Ajax," he told the club's official website. "We had a great chat last week and I immediately knew that I wanted to join Ajax. It's fantastic that it's all gone this quick.

"Ajax are a great club with a world-famous philosophy. It's a young team with a lot of big talents. I hope to be able to help them with all my experience, having played in the Bundesliga and in Spain.

"I want to win the Eredivisie title here."

Head coach Peter Bosz feels the veteran defender is a crucial transfer as he looks to solidify his defensive options ahead of the new campaign.

"Heiko adds something to our selection to which we had not. He has extensive experience, having played in the major leagues. 

"He's pretty two-footed and can – if it is really necessary – also play in midfield. After the departure of Mike van der Hoorn and the arrival of Davinson Sánchez is the defensive shake-up."