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Daley Blind
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Desc Though primarily signed as a left-back from Ajax in the summer of 2015, the Netherlands international has been deployed at centre-back at times by various managers. Though his lack of pace or physical presence puts him at a disadvantage, he has rarely disgraced himself, though that has not stopped him from being slowly phased out under Jose Mourinho

Affiliation

Club as Player Ajax FC
  Manchester United
  Ajax FC

Relationship

Father Danny Blind

2017 03 08 Retrieve

[Daley Blind eager for return of ‘very smart’ Mkhitaryan] Micki [Mkhitaryan]’s a very smart player. You can always reach him - he always makes good runs. It’s a pleasure to play with him. I’m very happy Micki is back; he’s a great player with a lot of qualities, so of course we’re happy that he’s back on the pitch again with us

We’re here to win. We want to get a good result, but we know in our minds it’s over two games, so we have to be smart and adapt in the game if that’s needed. We know there is always a second leg at home at Old Trafford - we are aware of that but the first thing is we want to win here and score a goal. That’s how we look at it

2017 03 26 Retrieve

[Daley Blind proud of father, sacked Netherlands boss Danny Blind] Working together as father and son at the top level was a dream that came true. You never walked away from your responsibilities and you never gave up. I’m proud of you.

2018 04 14 Retrieve

[Daley Blind ignoring Man Utd exit talk despite threat of summer arrivals] I hear that the club’s high-ups are satisfied with me, and they just want me to keep on working. There are lots of transfer rumours surrounding United. Five or six players in my position are linked to the club every week, and given my contract situation it’s logical people have written about me leaving.

Jose Mourinho gave me over 30 matches in his first year in charge, which not everyone had expected. He stated his faith in me, and I have done my best to reward him. I have a great relationship with him. He always involves me with the first team, even though he picks other players. That can happen at this level - this is Manchester United, and there is lots of competition for places. It’s down to me to keep working hard, get as many minutes as possible and show what I can do

This is my fourth season with United, and I’ve averaged over 30 games a year in the first three. This is the first time I’ve played less often, but I’ve been out injured for two months

[He may have to settle for more of a support role heading forward, but he believes the Red Devils are improving as a collective] We have an amazing squad at United, with talented youngsters like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, and I think Anthony Martial is incredibly good as well. I enjoy playing alongside Juan Mata, and I’ve learned a lot from Michael Carrick. It was great to play alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic - he remains a legend in football

2018 12 16 Retrieve

[Former Man Utd defender Blind scores hat-trick as Ajax stroll to 8-0 win] If we keep winning, it won’t be a problem, but we have to admit that it’s less fun

2019 04 24 Retrieve

[Man Utd fan Blind hoping Solskjaer turns things around] When Solskjaer was appointed, there was a fresh positivity. They started well, but now they dropped a bit. Hopefully they find their way to the top again, so they can qualify for the Champions League. I’m still a United fan, so I hope they’re back in business soon. Some guys send me compliments. Juan Mata, [Anthony] Martial, and these are very nice things to hear. I still have a strong connection with these lads, like Ashley Young. They’re such great guys. I had a good time there

[United’s Premier League rivals Tottenham, meanwhile, await Ajax in the last four of the Champions League, with ex-Ajax stars Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez in line to face their old club] I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a fantastic game. I’m delighted that I’m going to meet my old team-mates. To meet each other in the semi-finals of the Champions League, who would have thought that in advance? I think every person in Amsterdam has set their mind on this game. I speak with Jan from time to time. We get along quite well, on and off the pitch. So it’s going to be so much fun to meet again on the pitch

2019 04 29 Retrieve

[Leaving the physicality of England behind has helped Blind be a success at Ajax. Ajax’s philosophy is much more technical than that of Louis van Gaal’s or Jose Mourinho. It’s more suited to Blind’s main strength - passing] I can still play at left-back and in midfield, but right now I feel good at centre-back. It’s wonderful to have the game in front of me and be a part of building from the back with my forward passes to start attacks

Matthijs and I feel good about each other. I reach a high level in the Champions League matches - that feels good.

[If he and De Ligt can maintain that level for three more games, Daley could emulate father Danny, who guided the Dutch club to an incredible European triumph in 1995] Maybe [my father] is getting a little worried right now

2019 06 08 Retrieve

[Daley Blind, who played at centre-back alongside De Ligt at Ajax this season and operated at left-back outside Van Dijk in Guimaraes in midweek, believes the whole team has a defensive job to put in against a gifted Portugal side] They’re both great defenders. I think it’s comfortable next to them. Matthijs is a big talent, Virgil is showing his qualities all season long. But our defence starts with our attacks - you can see on the two goals we scored against England [in extra time] when we won the ball high up the pitch and to create chances

2019 10 22 Retrieve

[Blind admits to frustration over Man Utd’s form compared to Chelsea] Of course I’m not happy to see Man Utd and how they’re performing at the moment. I’m still a fan of United and it’s not nice to see. Regarding Chelsea, they are doing well, they have a good philosophy under a manager who wants to play out from the back. They play different attacking football with a lot of youngsters and that’s nice to see. From that perspective, it’s good. But if you’re talking about United then I’m not happy about that, of course

[Abraham] is doing very well at the moment, he’s a big striker, scored a lot of goals. But I will take care of myself like I always do and we have to prepare as we always do - not just against the striker but also the whole team. We attack as a team and we defend as a team. I think that’s the most important thing

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Netherlands international Daley Blind has been diagnosed with inflammation of the heart muscle] Daley Blind has been diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation. The central defender has undergone extensive medical examination in recent days, following the dizziness that briefly bothered him during the Ajax - Valencia match. It was then decided to place a subcutaneous ICD on Blind, a device that is applied under the skin. As a result of this operation, which took place yesterday [Friday], the 29-year-old international will not start the training camp at the beginning of January but will continue to work on his recovery in Amsterdam

2019 12 21b Retrieve

[Ajax star Blind diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation] First of all, I want to thank you guys for all the messages you sent me. I really appreciate it and it helped me, so [it was] very kind and thank you for that. Second, Ajax just posted an update online about my condition. The most important thing is that I’m feeling good at the moment and I’m trying to come back as soon as possible. Again, thank you for everything and I’ll see you guys soon