Ajax started the third and last block of preparation for the new season on Saturday. “It is very gratifying that David was on the field today. The stroke of luck of the day, I am very happy with it. He was able to take the step to train with the group,” Ten Hag tells Ajax Life.
Neres participated in a large part of the training, but not all exercises. He last played for Ajax last November in the spectacular Champions League game with Chelsea (4-4). “If you see where he comes from, this is a big step forward,” says Ten Hag. “It may have been a bit out of sight, but the previous blocks David didn’t train with the group.”
Ten Hag saw that Neres faced one setback after another after his knee injury. “It took much longer than expected”, the coach acknowledges. “If everything had gone normally, I would have expected David to be there again in the final phase of the season, but in retrospect this would not have worked. The steps that make David happy now are well thought out and we bring him back carefully. This is a really big step. “