Ajax striker Luis Suarez has been handed the task of filling Thomas Vermaelen’s boots as club captain, after being appointed skipper by new manager Martin Jol. The Uruguayan front-man - who has scored 10 goals in 22 appearances for his country - takes the role following Vermaelen’s summer move to Arsenal. Suarez has netted 39 goals in just 65 league outings for the Dutch giants since arriving from Groningen in 2007, and has been a transfer target for Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the past. “Suarez is our new skipper,” Jol told Sportweek. “He’s one of our most important players, as he has shown last season, and he has impressed me both on and off the pitch in the past couple of weeks. “Additionally, I’m quite happy with the fact that he has stated more than once that he’s eager to stay at Ajax one more season in order to continue developing in to a better player.”
16 July 2009
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