With Jasper Cillessen heading to Barcelona, Ajax have move to replace their goalkeeper with Newcastle’s Tim Krul.
Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has joined Ajax on a season-long loan following Jasper Cillessen’s move to Barcelona.
Krul has also signed a one-year contract extension at St James’ Park that can retain him on the club’s books until 2018.
The loss of Cillessen to Barca left Ajax needing to swiftly fill their number-one jersey, and Krul – who moved to Tyneside from ADO Den Haag in 2005 – is relishing the challenge right after getting relegated with Newcastle in the finish of last season.
“I don’t assume a lot of clubs are equivalent to Newcastle. Ajax is in that category,” he told the Eredivisie outfit’s official web site.
“Ajax is usually a club with lots of talents and I appear forward to passing on the encounter I have accumulated over the past decade.
“When I got the text from [director of football] Marc Overmars I was really grateful. Ajax is actually a good club.
“I feel it really is usually very good to play with all the national team at the Amsterdam ArenA. That I’ll play here quickly with Ajax is just wonderful.”
Krul has been sidelined because October having a knee ligament injury, but is feeling optimistic about his recovery.
“It’s going nicely,” he added. “I’m at present operating on the pitch together with the goalkeeping coach then I’ll gradually join the group. We will look at it every day.
“I ought to possibly play some games together with the second team for the reason that match practice is diverse to education.”
Krul famously replaced Cillessen in the final minute of extra-time in the course of Netherlands’ 2014 Globe Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica.
The 28-year-old justified Louis van Gaal’s call by saving two penalties as the Dutch went through inside the shoot-out.
Possessing won a lot more silverware on Thursday, Cristiano Ronaldo took the time for you to share the plaudits with his peers at True Madrid and Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo was fast to praise his team-mates at club and international level for their aspect in him getting named Best Player in Europe by UEFA on Thursday, and tipped Antoine Griezmann as a future winner.
True Madrid superstar Ronaldo pipped club colleague Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann within the voting, placing the seal on a 2015-16 season that saw him score the winning penalty in the Champions League final and aid Portugal to Euro 2016 glory.
Though Ronaldo is often portrayed as egotistical, he wasted tiny time in sharing the plaudits when he picked up his newest piece of silverware in Monaco.
Reflecting on winning the gong for a second time, Ronaldo said: “It’s amazing.
“I wished to win tonight and I’m so proud. I have to say thank you to my group mates – Real Madrid and national – since they helped me a lot to win these trophies.”
Ronaldo now wants to take the Ballon d’Or crown away from Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, as he stated: “I hope so, but let me appreciate 1st this trophy.”
Asked whether or not last season was the most beneficial of his trophy-laden career, Ronaldo replied: “In terms of collective, probably yes.
“We won two astounding trophies. I can say yes. In terms of the collective, yes.”
As Ronaldo basked in his glory, Griezmann was left to reflect on a different near miss, having also been on the losing side against the Portugal star in each the Champions League and Euros finals.
However, Ronaldo is confident Griezmann’s time within the spotlight will come.
He said: “As I stated on the stage, he deserved to win this trophy. He lost two finals, so it was unlucky for him but I assume he’s a superb player.
“He’s a good boy, he’s my neighbour – he lives subsequent to me – and he deserved it. But he will win for confident one particular day – I hope so.”
Shanghai SIPG and Jeonbuk Motors drew 0-0 in the AFC Champions League quarter-final very first leg, ahead of Al Ain and Lokomotiv did likewise.
Shanghai SIPG and Jeonbuk Motors still have it all to play for in their AFC Champions League quarter-final tie following Tuesday’s 0-0 first-leg draw.
Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Shanghai, devoid of injured striker Hulk, struggled to make a lot of meaningful opportunities against their Korean opponents, having a Lu Wenjun free-kick and header from striker Yu Hai the closest they came.
Jeonbuk practically snatched an away target when Leonardo hit the woodwork with a curling free-kick, while Ricardo Lopes also came close, but there was to become no away purpose for the 2006 winners with the competitors.
It was a comparable story at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, exactly where Al Ain and Lokomotiv Tashkent played out a goalless stalemate inside the later quarter-final clash.
Possibilities were few and far among in stifling situations in the United Arab Emirates, exactly where temperatures during the match surpassed the 40 degrees centigrade mark.
Caio threatened early on for the house side, although Sardor Mirzayev came inside inches of rifling home an away target for Lokomotiv.
Ibrahim Diaky headed a presentable late opportunity more than the crossbar, but there was to become no first-leg benefit for either side ahead of next month’s return game in Tashkent.
Northampton Town knocked out West Brom on penalties and Gillingham won at Watford inside the League Cup second round on Tuesday.
Premier League sides Watford and West Brom crashed out with the League Cup immediately after suffering disappointing defeats to lower-league opposition on Tuesday.
League 1 side Gillingham pulled off an upset 2-1 victory at Watford, with Bradley Dack scoring an injury-time winner at Vicarage Road to send his group into the third round.
Zander Diamond gave Northampton Town of League 1 the lead at home to West Brom, but James McClean and Gareth McAuley seemed to possess place the Premier League side in handle of your tie.
An equaliser by Alex Revell with just eight minutes to go forced extra-time and, immediately after no objectives in the added 30 minutes, penalties have been required to choose the winner.
Saido Berahino and James Morrison missed from 12 yards for West Brom, with Kenji Gorre stepping up to convert his kick and book a third round location for the underdogs.
The other seven Premier League teams produced it safely into the next round with the competition, with Liverpool winning 5-0 at Burton Albion and Chelsea survived a scare by beating Bristol Rovers 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.
There was practically another shock in the iPro Stadium as Championship side Derby County triumphed 14-13 within a marathon penalty shootout to knock out Carlisle United of League Two after a 1-1 draw.
Right after seeing a supposedly weakened Genuine Madrid side win their opening LaLiga game, Zinedine Zidane hailed the depth of his squad.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane stated the options in his squad are giving him headaches right after he watched the European champions win 3-0 at Actual Sociedad.
Wales star Gareth Bale scored twice to record an opening-day LaLiga victory on Sunday, but Marco Asensio was also around the scoresheet as he made his full Madrid debut.
And Zidane admitted following the game that he’s struggling to determine his strongest line-up, with Cristiano Ronaldo among those still to come in to the fold.
“I need to make decisions,” the Frenchman said.
“I chose Asensio, who did nicely and scored a goal, however the other people have also played properly.
“It is tough to pick the beginning 11, my head hurts when I’ve to accomplish it.”
Zidane also added that it was essential to acquire off to a winning begin, with all the early months with the season vital in deciding honours.
“We had to start the season nicely,” he stated. “Because the initial couple of games always cost us.”
Madrid welcome Celta Vigo for the Santiago Bernabeu for their household opener next week.