Brighton sign Joel Veltman from Ajax

Brighton sign Joel Veltman from Ajax

England Premier League side Brighton have got a great signing in defense as Joel Veltman from Ajax arrived for an undisclosed fee.

Veltman is the second signing of the summer for Brighton, following the previously announced signing of Adam Lallana from Liverpool. 

The 28-years-old Dutch played more than 200 games for Ajax and have international football experience as he played 22 times for a national team.

Brighton boss Graham Potter is more than happy with the new transfer. The player signed a three-year contract.

"He has terrific experience from his time with Ajax including the Champions League," said Potter.

"He's an excellent defender who can play at right-back and at center-half, but he's also comfortable in possession."

Veltman made his debut for Ajax Amsterdam in 2012, having come through the club's academy system.

Often on radar of the clubs in bigger leagues, former Ajax defender left Eredivisie just in his 28th year, showing huge patience and an example to follow for younger mates. 

Veltman revealed he will wear the No 34 shirt as a tribute to former Ajax team-mate Abdelhak Nouri, who collapsed during a friendly in 2017 and went into an induced coma, suffering permanent brain damage.

Nouri woke from the coma in March 2020 and is now being cared for by his family at home.

"Everyone knows what happened to Appie", Veltman said.

 "He was a friend of everyone, we all love him and still do which is why when Ajax celebrates a goal they show the No 34.


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