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Done Deal: Bassey Joins Ajax On Five-Year Contract

Done Deal: Bassey Joins Ajax On Five-Year Contract

Nigeria defender Calvin Bassey has linked up with Eredivisie champions, Ajax Amsterdam from Rangers, reports Completesports.com.

Bassey penned a five-year contract with the former European champions.

Ajax parted with €23m including variables, that could increase to €26.5m. to secure the services of the versatile defender.

The 22-year-old comes in as a direct replacement for Argentina international Lisandro Martinez, who recently joined Manchester United.


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Bassey joined Rangers two years ago from Leicester City for €230,000.

The defender played a key role in the Gers run to the final of the UEFA Europa League last season where they lost on penalties to Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side won the Scottish Cup few days later.

Bassey has already link up with his new teammates for pre-season training in Austria.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Chris 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations son

  • GODWIN 4 weeks ago

    what an amazing story Calvin Bassey,i saw your talent the moment i saw you play your first match for Rangers

  • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations Son…..More medals await you in the Netherlands.

    Looking forward to seeing you strutting your stuff with the big boys in the UCL.

    Those who prefer to go and battle relegation to get noticed can go ahead.

    • Chima E Samuels 4 weeks ago

      LMAO you only highlighted the relegation fire fighters but forgot the retirement league.

  • The costliest Nigerian defender ever.

    You are the true son of IKENNA UGHELUMBA.

  • Supatemmy 4 weeks ago

    Congrats man, see you in Madrid or Barca in future, you’re a big team star

  • Chima E Samuels 4 weeks ago

    Ajax will be the completion of the development of this Gem. Clean spirit clean baller he should be a Blueprint to many.

  • Beautiful player with lots of potential……The sky is your starting point.

  • Good luck to you, Calvin Bassey as you settle into your new environment! A huge thank you must also go to his family who convinced him to pick Nigeria ahead of Italy and England. I will always believe that family is where most of these things start. A close-knight, functional family would more likely than not, be able influence a son or daughter’s decision, regardless. Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo deserve mention for the positive role they played in directing Calvin Bassey our way. Especially Leon Balogun who reportedly kept urging the then coach, Mr. Rohr for months on end to invite Calvin Bassey and cap him for Nigeria. But Mr. Rohr as was so often the case with him kept hesitating. He finally invited the player but then inexplicably kept him seated on the bench for the entire duration the two matches against Central Africa Republic, ”The Brazil of Africa,” Enter Coach Augustine Eguavoen! The Nigerian did the patriotic thing and promptly capped the player, thus preserving him for us. A humongous thank you to Mr. Eguavoen for ensuring that we did not lose this generational talent like we lost a few in the past!

    • To think that Rhor benched this dude and bluntly refused to cap him for SE is actually sickening……How can a talent like this be available to you and you prefer a Collins who can not deliver a decent cross into the box……Rhor got himself too involved in the dirty football politics in Nigerian football and he took his own to a dangerously new level……. Benching talented stars when they are finally in his sqard…… Praising midiocre players in the media……shoting the national team doors to news players…… Openly declaring that new talented players will never be good enough for his team…….I think showing Rhor the exit door is a bitter pill we had to swallow to get well…….We missed the WC but we will bounce back stronger because it’s Better to secure the future of players like bassey and do away with Rhor that Having Rhor on board and losing a generation of talented players……. Thank God the new coach is open minded and has given playing time to new talented players bases on what they do on the training pitch rather than what they did in past matches…….We are beginning to see players like Moffi.Sodiq.Bassey.Ademola.Dennis.and Co more and we appreciate what we are seeing…….hope to see more of upcoming stars like Ishak.Yusus.Eletu of AC Milan.Awoniyi etc……Every disappointment is a blessing indeed.

      • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

        Hahahahaha…and when Rohr was dismissed and you had all the chances in the world to field your young talented players, what did you achieve, even the ones that used to play before became ineffective. Chukwueze became useless, Iwobi became useless, Iheanacho became useless, we got booted out of AFCON by a B team without a coach and lost the world cup ticket to a Ghanaian team (the worst in 40 years) that couldn’t qualify from AFCON group stages even as best looser…….LMAOOooo.

        Indeed, every disappointment is a blessing. LMAOoooo

        Moffi – got his debut under Rohr
        Sadiq – always got invited by Rohr but never released due to club commitments
        Bassey – still much a fringe player at Rangers as at the early part of the season (August/October) filling in as a stop-gap for injured 1st teamers.
        Ademola – Wasnt even yet eligible to play for Nigeria yet
        Dennis – Got his debut under Rohr but wanted express starting shirt and was feeling like a tin-god, got his wish under Egua-failure and gassed out of a crucial WC qualifier after 30 minutes….LMAOOoo.

        You for kuku say all those who were in the SE before Eguavoen took over should be chased away for a new set of players.

    • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

      Who did Nigeria greater disservice between Rohr who invited him to the SE but didn’t what to mess his debut up with crucial competitive qualifiers, but shortlisted him for AFCON,

      and Eguavoen who without explanation
      – expunged his name from the squad list Rohr had drawn up for AFCON for 3 injured defenders Awaziem, Collins and Ndah and a living-on-past glory Kelechi Nwakali
      – refused to replace Jamilu Collins with him despite Collins going AWOL, incommunicado for 2 weeks when AFCON camp was already opened and thereafter joining the team in Cameroon unfit 10 days after they had already reached Cameroon.
      – threw him into the deep end of the blue sea vs Ghana in winner take all qualifiers that saw the poor boy having a jittery nightmare of a start to his international career and ultimate denied a chance to play at the world cup.

      Bassey would have long been a Nigerian international before “your own” capped in out of compulsion in March 2022.

      Eguavoen denied Bassey the opportunity to win a medal at AFCON and play in the World cup before his 23rd birthday…..things that where a sure bet as at November 2021.

      A humongous thank you to Egauvoen and his 9 dullards for wasting an entire generation of young, talented Nigerian players

      • What else should I say? @ Tony, try and be finding another thing to say when it comes to Bassey’s issue. “Thank you Eguavoen for capping Bassey” has already turned to your poem. If others don’t notice, I do.
        Bassey Boi! This is just the beginning, they ain’t seen nothing yet.

  • @Pompey @Golden Child @Papafem @Greenturf @Deo @Jimmyball & @Josh, penny for your thoughts on this move and are you as flummoxed as myself by how Bassey slipped through the cracks at Leicester?