OFFICIAL: Manchester United Announce Transfer Of 28-Year-Old Star

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Daley Blind has completed a move away from Manchester United to his boyhood club Ajax for a deal estimated to be around £14m, the club’s official website has revealed.

The Dutch defender has signed a four-year deal with Ajax, the same club he left to join the Red Devils back in 2014.

Blind was a mainstay at United back when Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal was at the helm, but fell out of favour with Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho soon after his appointment.

Regular injuries were another reason that the defender could not fulfill the obvious potential he possessed.

In total, Blind made 141 appearances in the red of Manchester United, and even scored six goals for the English giants during his time at the club. Known to be a utility player, Blind could play practically anywhere on the pitch, and was used as a central defender, left-back, and even a deep-lying midfielder.

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The Dutchman was influential for his country as well. He famously provided the assist for Robin van Persie’s phenomenal diving header against Spain in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup – a game that was comprehensively won by the Netherlands.

Despite winning four trophies with United, Blind couldn’t keep his place in Mourinho’s side for another season, as the manager called for a squad overhaul this summer, with defense being the first order of business.

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United have already signed Diogo Dalot from Porto, and are looking to secure the services of more defenders before the end of the transfer window, meaning the writing was already on the wall for players such as Daley Blind.

Another rumoured departure in the pipeline is that of Marcos Rojo, who hasn’t had a lot of playing time at Old Trafford, but has been a regular for his country Argentina, as seen in the recently concluded World Cup in Russia.

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