Erik ten Hag slams “stupid” transfer of ex-Man Utd star interested in return

Erik ten Hag thinks that part of Ajax’s demise was the “stupid” choice to let go of former Manchester United player Daley Blind.

The 2023–24 Eredivisie team had a terrible season. Before making a comeback to guarantee a spot in the Europa League qualification round, they were in the relegation zone in October.

Throughout the season, Ajax had three CEOs and four managers. However, Ten Hag feels that their suffering began when it was decided to trade former Red Devil Blind to Bayern Munich in the middle of the previous campaign.

“The squad is completely out of balance, you really need to improve that,” Ten Hag said to Voetbal International. “And that also takes time, maybe it will take another year, because they have made a mess of it. That is unprecedented.

“How were they able to say goodbye to players like Daley Blind and Davy Klaassen? I really thought that was so scandalous, the way that happened. So bad for Ajax.

“They should never have gotten rid of Davy Klaassen. Such a player is so important for the group, for the club. You want to guard that DNA, you must guard it. He will always continue to go for your club, even if others give up, because he is a true Ajax player. Daley Blind same story. How stupid can you be?

“It is such a beautiful club and we have created so many beautiful things there, you hope that the club can continue to build on that.”

Blind did not stay for very long at Bayern – making just five appearances in all competitions before joining Spanish side Girona. The Dutchman played a key role as the club sealed a spot in next season’s Champions League with a third place finish.

Speaking last summer, Blind previously hinted that he’d have been open to returning to United alongside Ten Hag. “No [I didn’t call him],” he said.

“To be honest, he has the same agent as me, so the connection is not that far away. But yeah, he did not really need me at that moment. He [had] already bought some players in.

“[Lisandro] Martinez as well, in the same position, and I am not blaming him for that. I am very thankful for the time [I had] with him. I learned a lot from him. I understand it.”

Blind joined United in 2014 under Louis van Gaal, a fellow countryman. After signing for little less than £14 million, he played in 141 games in less than four seasons.

For almost the same price, Blind was sold back to his previous team, where he spent a further four and a half years before making his second move to Bayern Munich.

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