Saturday July 30 2011
Official: Stekelenburg to Roma

It is now official that Ajax have sold Maarten Stekelenburg to Roma after he underwent a medical this morning. “I'm happy.”

The shot-stopper went through a four-hour medical at the Gemelli clinic this morning and would only say “I'm happy” to journalists asking for comment.

“Ajax and AS Roma have reached an agreement concerning the transfer of Maarten Stekelenburg,” read a statement on the official club website.

“The agreement with the Italian club is conditional, and depends on a number of conditions being met.”

It is not immediately clear what these conditions are, nor the expected €6m transfer fee, but the goalkeeper passed his medical in Rome after flying in late last night.

“Stekelenburg was born on September 22, 1982, in Haarlem. He made his debut in Amsterdam on August 11, 2002, during the Ajax – PSV match (3-1).

“The keeper has played 282 official matches to date for Ajax. With Ajax, Maarten Stekelenburg has won the national championship three times (2002, 2004, 2011), the KNVB Cup three times (2006, 2007, 2010) and the Johan Cruijff Cup four times (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007). His current contract with Ajax runs until June 30, 2012.

“Stekelenburg made his debut with the Dutch national team on September 3, 2004, and he has played 40 interlands to date. He reached the World Cup Final in South Africa in 2010 with the Dutch team.”

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