Friday, January 18, 2008
Ajax midfielder Maduro to sign for Valencia
MADRID, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Ajax midfielder Hedwiges Maduro has arrived in Spain to sign for Valencia, Spanish media reported.
'I have chosen Valencia because it is a great club that can
play great football and because I want to play in Spain,' Maduro
told reporters at the airport on Friday.
'I know (Ronald) Koeman, he is a good coach, and we have
worked together in the past at Ajax.'
The 22-year-old Dutch international, who came through the
youth ranks at Ajax, is set to take a medical and become
Valencia's second signing of the January transfer window along
with Argentine midfielder Ever Banega.
Spanish media reported the transfer would cost around two
million euros ($2.93 million) for a 4-1/2 year deal, with the
player's contract at Ajax expiring at the end of the season.
Maduro is potentially a replacement for dropped Spain
midfielder David Albelda and loaned-out Manuel Fernandes as
Koeman continues with his restructuring of the team.
The Dutchman dropped stalwarts Albelda, Santiago Canizares
and Miguel Angel Angulo last month after a poor run of results.
They are seventh in the Primera Liga.