Ajax captain Moisander to join Sampdoria

The Serie A club have agreed a three-year deal with the 29-year-old Finnish defender, whose contract in the Netherlands expires at the end of the season
Ajax captain Niklas Moisander will join Sampdoria upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season, the Italian club have confirmed.

The Finland international has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Stadio Luigi Ferraris that will come into effect from June 30.

“Niklas Moisander will be a blucerchiato player starting from next season,” a Sampdoria statement reads.

“UC Sampdoria and Massimo Ferrero are delighted to announce the signing of a three-year deal with the Finnish defender, who will remain under contract with AFC Ajax until June 30, 2015.”

“We wish him the best of luck for the end of the season with Ajax and with Finland, and we wait for him in Genoa, ready and driven to face this new, fascinating adventure in the world's most beautiful colours.”

Moisander, 29, first joined Ajax in June 2003 but failed to break in to the first team and subsequently had spells at FC Zwolle and AZ, winning the Eredivisie title with the latter in 2009.

The centre-back returned to the Amsterdam Arena in August 2012 and he collected a further two league medals and the KNVB Beker under the stewardship of Frank de Boer.