Former Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has taken advantage of his status as a free agent by penning a one-year-deal with Ajax Amsterdam, the Dutch club confirmed.
Huntelaar, who left Schalke 04 on a free at the end of last season, has long been linked with a move back to Amsterdam, with the club reportedly looking for a reliable understudy to first choice striker Kasper Dolberg.
Ajax announced the signing in a recent Tweet containing a photo of the player from his days wearing their red and white, with the words: "Welcome back".
Huntelaar has an enviable record at this season’s Eredivisie runners-up. The 33-year old made 136 appearances at Ajax between 2006 and 2008 but managed to score a remarkable 105 goals in that period.
In a discussion with the media, the player, who also counts Real Madrid and AC Milan amongst his former clubs, spoke with much enthusiasm about the move.
"It's no secret that Ajax are my club, so I am incredibly happy with my return," Huntelaar said.
"My role is pretty clear,” he added. “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."
Ajax ended the season somewhat disappointingly despite having the opportunity for silverware on numerous fronts. Peter Bosz’ side were in the running for both domestic and European and success but surrendered the former to PSV Eindhoven by a single point and lost the latter to Manchester United 2-0 in a somewhat one-sided final.