Ajax right-back Ricardo van Rhijn has agreed to a three-year contract extension. The 23-year-old right-back is now slated to remain in Amsterdam until 2018.
Van Rhijn is an Ajax academy graduate, having been part of the club since 2002. With Daley Blind solidifying himself in the role of defensive midfield, and the potential transfer of Niklas Moisander looming, van Rhijn will be looked upon by Frank de Boer to provide leadership on the backline. The central defensive partnership of Joël Veltman and Stefano Denswil are young and still relatively inexperienced, however, Nick Viergever has arrived from AZ Alkmaar to lend a helping hand. The left-back position is also a spot where Ajax will suffer from a lack of experience, as the front runner for the position, Nicolai Boilesen, spent much of last season battling injuries.
Van Rhijn is already among one of the more experienced players in the projected Ajax starting eleven for this next season. He has made over 100 appearances for the first team of Ajax, according to the official website of the club.
Van Rhijn now joins Veltman, Thulani Serero and Davy Klaassen as players under contract until 2018, a very solid core for the Amsterdam club.
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