Amsterdammers snap up a starlet.
Ajax have moved to secure the future of highly rated Dutch under-21 international centre back Mike van der Hoorn from Utrecht, Sky Sports reports.
The 20-year-old has joined for an undisclosed fee and has signed a four year deal which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2017.
And the 6″3′ stopper has spoken of how excited he is to be joining the Eredivisie champions, taking time to highlight the great players who have gone before him in the famous red and white jersey.
“I am very happy with this contract and am looking forward to starting training soon,” he said.
“I have signed a contract for four seasons. Ajax have been champions for the last three years so I hope that will continue.
“I hope to learn a lot from Frank de Boer and Jaap Stam, who in their time, were the best defenders in the world.”
Van der Hoorn first broke into the Utrecht first team back in 2010 and has steadily become more integral to the side over the past thee seasons (making 45 in total, scoring six goals).
Utrecht have a good recent record of providing a steady stream of players to move onto bigger and better things with the likes of Dirk Kuyt, Edson Braafheld, Michel Vorm, Erik Pieters, Kevin Strootman, Dries Mertens, and Ricky Van Wolfswinkel all passing through the doors of the Galgenwaard.