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Ajax completes arrival of Argentine defender Martínez (21)

Ajax has Monday the arrival of defender Lisandro Martínez confirmed. The 21-year-old Argentine comes over from Defensa y Justicia from his homeland, signing for four years with an option on a fifth season, and costs reportedly 7 million euros.

Defensa y Justicia had the transfer of Martínez, who on Monday in Amsterdam arrived for the medical exam, on Friday announced.

Martínez in the center and if full play. This season, he was predominantly central defender for his club, who cleverly finished second in the Argentine league. He came up with 25 matches played, in which he twice scored and three assists gave.

In march made Martínez are interlanddebuut in Argentina. Against the 3-1 lost some players with Venezuela did the defender a half. It is his only international game so far.

The number of Argentines in the Ajax-selection is due to the arrival of Martínez on three. Also defenders Nicolás Tagliafico and Lisandro Magallán are under contract in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

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Director spelersbeleid Marc Overmars is happy with Martínez. “He is a defender who likes to move forward wants to play football and brings a certain mentality that we have here to good use, similar to Tagliafico. And Lisandro is still young, so we expect him in the next few years is going to develop into an even better player,” he says on the site of Ajax.

Martínez is the fourth zomeraanwinst for Ajax. The reigning champion and cup holder explained earlier, midfielder Razvan Marin (Standard Liege), defender, Kik Pierie (sc Heerenveen) and goalkeeper Kjell Sharpen (FC Emmen).

Coach Erik ten Hag should be the next season in any case, however, without Frenkie de Jong do that for up to 86 million euro move to FC Barcelona.

Possible hit Ajax after the successful season – in which the semi-finals of the Champions League were achieved, even more players will be lost. Among others, captain Matthijs de ligt is much associated with a departure.

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