Martinez bids Ajax emotional farewell
by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja
Manchester United defender, Lisandro Martinez, bid farewell to Ajax after he finally sealed the move to Old Trafford to reunite with Erik ten Hag.
The Argentine yesterday acknowledged the incredible moments he had during his time at Cruyff Arena which remain indelible in his heart.
In a statement by the 24-year-old, who joined Ajax last three seasons ago from Defensa, he relished the trophies won and the spur of the moment experienced during a Champions League match.
“Today marks the end of a very important chapter in my career and life, and I leave with the pride and honour of having been a part of this amazing club,” Martinez acknowledged.
“It was a privilege to share some incredible moments with you all at the Cruyff Arena. I’ll never forget the trophies we celebrated together and the superb atmosphere on Champions League nights,” he added.
The defender since he joined the Eredivisie champions, lifted two successive Dutch league trophies and was named the ‘Ajax Player of the Year last season’.
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Martinez recounted the assistance he got when he came to Cryuff Arena as a young player and hope the mark his teammates left in his heart will be replicated likewise.
He continued: “I was very young when I arrived and was lucky to find a dressing room full of great people who I’ll never be able to thank enough. My journey would’ve been impossible without my teammates.
“Hope I’ve left a bit of a mark on each of you, just as I’ll forever carry you in my heart,” he added.
Nevertheless, he further expressed his gratitude to the club for providing the opportunity to sojourn in European football.
“Finally, I want to express my eternal gratitude to Ajax for the opportunity they gave me to come to Europe. I thank all of the club executives, coaches and staff for their help on a daily basis. You’ve made me into one of you,” Martinez said.
Manchester United secured the Argentine as one of the targets of Ten Hag since the Dutch took over from interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Reportedly, the Red Devils spent above £50m to secure the player who became the second from Ajax to reunite with former Ajax boss at Old Trafford after Tyrell Marshall.