Friday, 7 August 2009

[Mercato] Huntelaar completes Milan switch

AC Milan have completed the signing of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Real Madrid for a reported fee of 15million euros.

Klaas-Jan HuntelaarThe 25-year-old, who signed a four-year contract with the Rossoneri after completing a medical today, only joined Madrid at the beginning of January after scoring 76 goals in 92 Eredivisie matches for Ajax.

"After successfully passing his medical, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is officially a Milan player," read a statement on Milan's official website.

"The Dutch striker has signed a contract tying him to the Rossoneri until June 30, 2013. All of the Milan family give Huntelaar a warm welcome.

"Klaas is Dutch, as are some of the sweetest memories of the entire Milan history of the last 23 years."

The Dutch international was limited to 13 Primera Liga starts at the Santiago Bernabeu, but still scored eight goals before the end of the campaign. In 23 appearances, he has recorded 13 goals for the Netherlands.

The former PSV Eindhoven, De Graafschap, Apeldoorn and Heerenveen player is new coach Leonardo's first significant purchase of the summer at Milan following the free transfer arrival of United States defender Oguchi Onyewu from Standard Liege.

The Serie A giants, who sold Ricardo Kaka to Real in June, will hope Huntelaar is as successful with the club as countrymen Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard were in the late 1980s and early 90s.

"Milan is a very special club and city for us Dutchmen," Huntelaar said yesterday. "I know Van Basten very well as I worked with him at Ajax and with the national team.

"I hope to have a great season. There are a lot of players who have been playing here for many years, so it feels like a big family.

"I like to play for the team and score and I hope to help the side to win with my goals."

Huntelaar, who turned down a proposed move to German side Stuttgart, is expected to make his first appearance for Milan against Juventus in the Trofeo Berlusconi on 17 August.

Source: UEFA

1 comment:

  1. huntelaar is a good player for milan but we have paloschi!