Akpom delighted to get Ajax iconic number jersey


Chuba Akpom is excited about his new adventure with four time UEFA Champions League winner Ajax Amsterdam.

Akpom on Wednesday officially became Ajax player, signing a five years contract with the Dutch side.

The Nigerian forward cost €12.3m in transfer fee which could increase to €14.3m.

Speaking with the Club’s website the former Middlesbrough man, says he’s  ready to make his mark at the Club, wearing the iconic No.10 jersey previously worn by legends like Johan Cruyff and Dennis Bergkamp.

“It’s a very historical club, hopefully, I can create some history here,” he told the club website.

“The name says a lot, when you put on this jersey, what it represents, the history and the success that club has achieved and what the club stands for, I respect that and I am ready to push the club forward.”

Prior to his transfer, Akpom set records with former club Middlesbrough, including his 29 goals return in all competitions to finish as the second tier’s top scorer.

Akpom expressed gratitude to his former club, for given him the platform to showcase his talent after a difficult spell in Greece.

“I’d like to thank everyone connected with Boro,” Akpom said.

“Last season was full of memories I’ll never forget and I will be forever proud. Everyone knows what I think of Middlesbrough boss Michael Carrick, and I’m sure success is just around the corner.

“For me now, I have an exciting new challenge with one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I can’t wait to get started with Ajax.”

Akpom could make his Ajax against Excelsior on Saturday.

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