New Manchester United star Daley Blind has led the tributes for former Liverpool ace Dirk Kuyt following his retirement from the Netherlands national team.
Taking to social networking site Facebook, the Red Devils midfielder wrote: ”Learned a lot from you on and off the pitch Dirk Kuyt A true role model to many!”
Blind joined United for £14 million from Eredivisie champions Ajax at the end of the summer transfer window, becoming Louis van Gaal’s sixth permanent signing.
The Premier League will challenge the versatile Dutch international, and he will be hoping to take to the demands as well as current Fenerbache striker Kuyt did during his six-year stint on Merseyside.
Arriving as a prolific scorer, Kuyt was often played out of position on the wing by then-boss Rafa Benitez as the Spaniard attempted to utilize his incredible work-rate.
Never one to complain or show any signs of discontent, the 34-year-old went on to become a regular for the Reds, making 208 Premier League appearances and scoring 51 goals.
On the international scene, Kuyt made a total of 104 appearances over a decade for the Oranje and helped the nation reach third place during this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Often being played at wing-back in Van Gaal’s renowned 3-5-2 formation, he put on a number of impressive displays and was lauded for his commitment to the cause.