Steven Berghuis crosses enemy lines to join Ajax

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Steven Berghuis has completed his controversial move from Feyenoord to arch rivals Ajax.

The clubs agreed the transfer in principle last week, and the right winger was unveiled by his new club on Monday after conditions were met.

Speaking about the switch last week, Berghuis said: “I am 29 years old, and it’s no secret that I wanted to take the next step.

“It is important to me to further develop myself in the sport.”

His decision has enraged Feyenoord fans, who have a heated rivalry with their Amsterdam counterparts.

Indeed as a result of numerous violent incidents, away fans have been banned from De Klassieker games since 2009.

Berghuis, who started his senior career at Twente, has also been on the books at AZ and Watford.

He was heading into the final year of his deal at the Rotterdam club, but is now contracted with Ajax until 2025.

The Netherlands interational is sure to receive a hostile reception when he returns to De Kuip for the Eredivisie clash between the sides scheduled for 19 December.