Manchester United icon Edwin van der Sar paid tribute to Erik ten Hag after Ajax confirmed their Dutch Eredivisie triumph. Ten Hag is seeing out the season at Ajax, where Van der Sar is chief executive.
The Dutch side were confirmed as league champions for the third time under Ten Hag on Wednesday. They thumped Heerenveen 5-0 at the Johan Cruyff Arena to fend off a title challenge from PSV.
Ten Hag will join United in the summer after agreeing to replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick. United have been searching for a permanent head coach since sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last November.
Former goalkeeper Van der Sar, who now works for Ajax, has bidded farewell to Ten Hag. The Dutchman said the 52-year-old was joining a club “close to my heart”, and thanked him for playing enjoyable football.
“Erik, sometimes I thought, ‘you are a weird man’. But you surpassed all expectations. Dominant football, Semi-Final Champions League, League titles. You will leave for a club that is close to my heart. I wish you all the best there. Thank you, Erik ten Hag!”
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