Ajax star underlines happiness amid link away, according to the latest Manchester United transfer news. Also talks up move for ex Chelsea man.
Fresh from a World Cup campaign where he produced a string of exceptional performances, winning commendation from legendary striker Thierry Henry en route to a third place finish against host nation Brazil, versatile Netherlands athlete Daley Blind has spoken out amid fervent transfer speculation linking him with a move away from Ajax and to Premier League campaigners Manchester United.
Adept at full back and defensive midfield positions, the purchase of Blind would fulfil a role for Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal that previous Old Trafford utilities like Phil Neville and John O'Shea did for previous managerial incumbent Sir Alex Ferguson.
In seven World Cup outings this summer, Blind returned 16 clearances, 22 tackles, an 87% pass completion rate from 342 attempts and created eight goal-scoring opportunities (three assists) whilst even got on the score-sheet himself - a testament to his effectiveness from defensive and attacking positions.
It is no wonder Ajax have reportedly put a price-tag of £20 million on the player's head - more than double his transfermarkt.co.uk valuation before the summer tournament in Brazil took place. Yet, if United do not match that anticipated fee, Blind has given an indication that he would continue to give 100% for Ajax regardless as he is more than content in Amsterdam.
"I'm just focusing on Ajax because I'm happy here. If any [offer] comes, I'm going to just think about it," said Blind to Nusport.nl a day after he received a heroes applause when he took the field during Ajax's 4-1 triumph over Vitesse Arnham.
The fact that he is in demand following his outings with Oranje is not lost on the player: "I notice I have more respect after the World Cup and more importantly the team does, also. The crowd appreciates me [here at Ajax] and that makes me feel good."
Focusing more on the Eredivisie ambitions with Ajax than transfer speculation to Manchester United, Blind said: "PSV also has a good team, but we must dare to dream that we have a chance for a fifth league title in a row - we are perhaps favourites."
Should Blind stay at the club, he could be joined by a recent Premier League servant in former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o. On the prospect of linking up with the Cameroonian, he said: "He's a super striker who has won a lot and played at many nice clubs.
"I do not know how he sees the planning of his career, but we can only learn a lot from him. He's a fantastic player who adds something to the team, at least if he comes."