Crystal Palace have captured the signing of Jairo Riedewald from Ajax, on a five year contract for an undisclosed fee.
The 20 year-old Dutch defender is reunited with Frank de Boer who gave him his first-team debut in 2013 having progressed through the Amsterdam club’s academy when it was headed by the new Palace boss.
He played 93 times for Ajax, scoring three goals, and leaves with one Eredivise title to his name from the 2013-14 season.
Riedewald had the best pass success rate (92.4%) in the Eredivisie last season, and featured for Ajax in their Europa League final defeat to Manchester United back in May.
Capable of playing at centre-half, left-back or as a defensive midfielder, Riedewald has won three international caps for Holland, having previously represented his country at various age group levels.
Speaking about his move, Riedewald said “I am very pleased to be joining Crystal Palace and after speaking with the gaffer a couple of weeks ago I was delighted to have the opportunity to come over and play in the Premier League.
“The Premier League is a great competition to be involved in and it is a great opportunity to be working under Frank de Boer once again having been with him at Ajax.
“I look forward to meeting my new team mates and then getting the chance to be out on the training ground and getting ready for the new season.”
Frank de Boer spoke of his delight at the signing, "Jairo Riedewald is a player I know well through my time at Ajax and I'm glad that he's now coming to join us at Crystal Palace.
"He will be an excellent addition to our squad, Jairo is a young player but already has a lot of experience. I know he is looking forward to playing in the Premier League."