Daley Blind was officially confirmed as a Manchester United player on transfer deadline day, but at the time he was not in England.
The 24-year-old was in fact in his native Netherlands attending an award ceremony in which he scooped the best prize (click here to read more).
Blind, a versatile footballer who can play both in defence and in midfield, was named the best player in the Eredivisie in the 2013-14 season.
AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) September 1, 2014
Here's Daley Blind collecting his Dutch Footballer of the Year award, leaving his father Danny holding the bouquet. pic.twitter.com/kJftGkb3tR— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 1, 2014
New United manager Louis van Gaal also attended the ceremony, which is why he was not present in Manchester to welcome star striker Radamel Falcao in person following his season-long loan move from AS Monaco (click here to read more).
Blind had a truly great 2013-14 campaign that ended in him earning a big move to United. The Netherlands international was a key figure in Ajax’s Eredivisie triumph last season and played his part in the Oranje’s march to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Finally on Monday, it was officially confirmed that Blind has switched from Ajax to United for a transfer fee of £14 million.
New Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal had much to do with the recruitment of his compatriot, whose versatility and understanding of the game will be a boon to the Manchester outfit’s quest to reclaim their place in the top four of the Premier League.