A member of the glorious 1995 Ajax team returns home:
30 January: It’s official: Edgar Davids will return home, to the city where he was born – and to the club that made him a star. The 33 year-old midfielder, who spent the last season and a half at Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premiership, penned an 18-month contract at the Amsterdam ArenA, which will expire on 30 June 2008. According to most press reports Ajax will not have to pay Tottenham a transfer fee. Davids’ contract at White Hart Lane would have expired this summer.
The first reports claiming that the transfer was a done deal appeared in Dutch and English media on Friday, but they were very premature. Ajax and Davids did not need much time to agree on the terms of the player’s contract, but Ajax and Spurs were still talking yesterday, while Davids was in Amsterdam to undergo his medical at the V.U. Hospital. Davids will be officially presented at 14:30 CET today, at the Amsterdam ArenA.
Another good news is that Ajax sensationally beat Groningen:
GRONINGEN, January 28 (Eredivisie) – A stoppage-time goal from Leonardo Santiago sealed a stunning second-half comeback for Ajax as they edged past FC Groningen at the Euroborg stadium.
Yevgeni Levchenko and Luis Suarez had given the home side a two-goal advantage at half-time, but Henk ten Cate’s side produced a magnificent second-half comeback to steal all three points.
Veteran defender Jaap Stam and Johnny Heitinga pulled the visitors level before Leonardo netted his first goal for the club following his recent move from NAC Breda in dramatic circumstances.
Yet another good news is that PSV lost to Roda JC!
KERKRADE, January 28 (Eredivisie) – PSV Eindhoven suffered only their second defeat of the Eredivisie season on Sunday as the leaders were stopped in their tracks by a rampant Roda JC.
Goals in either half from Jan Paul Saeijs and Andres Oper earned the hosts a surprising three points to move them up to seventh in the standings.
Ajax is now second in the Eredivisie, eight points behind PSV, a point above AZ Alkmaar.
PSV will host AZ next Saturday while Ajax is set to face Feyenoord at home. I hope AZ and Ajax will come up on top.