Huntelaar goes back to Ajax

Klaas Jan Huntelaar

Veteran striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar has sealed a move back to Ajax after being released by FC Schalke 04 following seven years in the Bundesliga.

The 33-year-old spent four years in Amsterdam, where he scored 102 goals in 134 games for the Dutch giants before being snapped up by Real Madrid in 2008.

His time in the Spanish capital, however, was not a happy one as he struggled for game time and form. The same happened when Huntelaar was signed by AC Milan after just one season in La Liga.

The Netherlands international joined Schalke in 2010, and while it initially looked like he would battle to rediscover the form from his Ajax days in his first season in Germany, he managed to click and went on to score 126 goals for the Royal Blues.

Now Huntelaar goes back to the Eredivisie much older, and will be tasked with helping an Ajax side filled with young talent.

“It’s no secret that Ajax are my club, so I am incredibly happy with my return,” he was quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.

“My role is pretty clear, but I did not come here just to take it easy and retire here. Ajax played nearly 60 games last season and you need more than one striker for that.

“I have no doubt about it that I will get plenty of playing time. I am in great shape physically and I am already looking forward to the start of pre-season. The goal is win the Eredivisie title next season.”

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