Claasen joins Ajax Amsterdam

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Still in Holland following his trial at Ajax, the Klerksdorp-born Under-17 international finalised the deal today. But he will only begin with the Dutch giants on 1 July 2008 when the new season kicks off.

The reason for this is that Claasen, who is a non-European union member, only becomes eligible to sign a professional contract in Europe after he turns 18 in January 2008. This is according to Fifa ruling.

_quoteClaasen will return to Cape Town to play for the Urban Warriors until the new season.

Trials at Spanish La Liga sides Real Madrid and Espanyol – at different time periods – and a run out with top Belgian side Anderlecht have prepared Claasen for the big move.

Daylon Claasen training at Ajax Amsterdam.

According to his business manager Rob Moore, Daylon “did well at both Madrid and Espanyol”.

Moore explains that both clubs were impressed with Claasen, but they couldn’t afford to take him on due to financial constraints.

“Espanyol had overspent their reserve team budget already otherwise they would’ve taken him,” Moore tells KickOff.com.

“I want to commend John Comitis and Ajax Cape Town for their cooperation during Daylon’s trials. They were very supportive and this is a big reason why Daylon was able to make an impression abroad.”

Claasen follows Benni McCarthy, Aaron Mokoena, Steven Pienaar, Ninja Mofokeng, Stanton Lewis and Hans Vonk who have all been on the club’s books.

Lewis is still at Ajax and has found form lately. He is on track for a first team place at the start of next season.

“Stanton has been doing well despite there being tough competition amongst the forwards. He is definitely staying put,” Moore says, in response to rumours in the South African press this week that Lewis could return to Cape Town to replace outgoing Terror Fanteni.