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Ajax have just completed one of the most satisfying transfers you’ll see this summer

The Dutch giants have brought back a former fan favourite to the Amsterdam Arena

This one will mainline nostalgia straight to your soul. 

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – one of football’s most enduring Dutch strikers – has returned to Ajax on a one-year deal.

The 33-year-old left the Eredivisie giants in 2008 for Real Madrid, having scored 105 goals in 136 appearances in all competitions in just two seasons with the club.

An uninspiring spell in Madrid was followed by a move to Schalke via Milan, where the forward has played since 2010, winning the German Cup in 2011.

Huntelaar was one of Europe’s most devastating forward’s before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009

Huntelaar was one of Europe’s most devastating forward’s before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009

But in April, the Netherlands international announced he would be leaving Schalke at the end of the season, having struggled for first-team football this term.

However, he agreed to re-join Ajax knowing full well that youngster Kasper Dolberg will be ahead of him in the pecking order.

Speaking to Ajax’s official website, Huntelaar said: “It’s no secret that Ajax are my club, so I am incredibly happy with my return.

“My role is pretty clear, but I did not come here just to take it easy and retire here. Ajax played nearly 60 games last season and you need more than one striker for that. I have no doubt about it that I will get plenty of playing time.

“I am in great shape physically and I am already looking forward to the start of pre-season.
“The goal is win the Eredivisie title next season.”

Huntelaar started his career at PSV Eindhoven, before spells with Dutch also-rans De Graafschap, AGOVV Apeldoorn and Heerenveen, before heading to Ajax for the first time.

The veteran striker has won 76 caps for his country.

He also has one of the best names in the game.