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I Paid For Finidi George’s Transfer Fee With My Own Money – Van Gaal


Remember Nigerian ace winger Finidi ‘finito’ George? Manchester United boss, Louis Van Gaal has revealed how he was able to sign the former Super Eagles star for former club Ajax.

The Dutchman says, Ajax was on the verge of bankruptcy when he was in charge of the team which forced him to use academy players like Edger Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Dennis Bergkamp which signing international stars were hard to come by.

Finidi George, arrived from Sharks for about £3,000 (about N912,505) in 1993. Van Gaal spent six years at Ajax winning the Champions League in 1995.

He said: “We didn’t have any money and we were bankrupt, so I had to look for the youth. We scouted [Jari] Litmanen, a Finnish player, who we bought for £10,000.

“We also bought Finidi George. He was a Nigerian international. He was £3,000. I paid it by myself! And then, we bought Marc Overmars.”

Finidi George and Nwankwo Kanu won the champions league with Ajax in 1995. Van Gaal left Ajax for Barcelona in 1997 while Finidi George left the Dutch giants for Real Betis in 1996.

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