Defender Blind keen to sign Ajax extension

The versatile stopper has an agreement until the end of the current season, and he is eager to ink a new deal and make a name for himself at the Amsterdam Arena
Daley Blind has stressed that he is keen to sign a contract extension with Ajax.

The defender's current deal with the Eredivisie champions is due to expire at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, and he is eager to remain at the Godenzonen and become a key figure.

"I had a brief chat with the coach before pre-season kicked off. I intend to sign a new deal with Ajax, and the club have the same intention," Blind stated to De Telegraaf.

"I'm only focusing in playing football for now, though. I will have to grab every chance I get. I have to convince the coach that I have what it takes to replace Jan [Vertonghen]. I know that I have the quality."

Head coach Frank de Boer confirmed that his side are ready to open contract talks with the 22-year-old, and is hopeful he will be able to follow in the footsteps of Vertonghen, who left for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

"Daley is not as quick and strong as Jan just yet, but it's up to us whether he can reach that level. We will open talks as soon as we've wrapped up our other transfer dealings."

Blind has made 36 Eredivisie appearances for Ajax to date.