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Siem de Jong heads back to Ajax with Jan Vertonghen for Johan Cruyff tribute

5 years ago

Siem de Jong was an unused substitute at Norwich on Saturday, Newcastle going down 3-2 and the former Ajax Captain remaining on the bench despite Rafa Benitez bringing him on in his first two matches.

Despite the inactivity for Newcastle, the United midfielder had a busy weekend.

Sunday saw Siem de Jong and many other famous former players descend on the Amsterdam Arena.

Ajax beat FC Zwolle 3-0 to remain top of the table by two points but there was a separate sideshow to the main event that captured the crowd’s attention at least as much.

Siem de Jong and other former Ajax top players were guests of honour, invited by their old club as part of a tribute to be paid to all-time Ajax great and possibly world’s best ever, Johan Cruyff.

The Newcastle player spent most of the day with former Ajax team-mate Jan Vertonghen, the pair having being together in Amsterdam for six seasons.

The Tottenham defender left Ajax in 2012 and is currently out injured, whilst Siem de Jong left two years later and still remains in a bit of a no-man’s land despite the change of manager at Newcastle.

Jan Vertonghen talking to Ajax TV:

“It was great to get some time on the pitch and to do this with so many legends.

“It was very special – I spent most of the day with Siem (de Jong) – I had not seen him for a long time.

“I heard so many memories from everyone – it was a very nice Ajax day.”


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