Gabri joins Ajax Amsterdam from Barcelona
AMSTERDAM, June 6 (Reuters) - Barcelona's versatile defender Gabri has signed for Ajax on a three-year contract starting in July, the Dutch team said on Tuesday.
Amsterdam are now coached by Henk ten Cate, former number two to Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona.
Gabri, 27, said on the Dutch team's website: 'I chose Ajax first and foremost for the coach. I worked with him for three years at Barcelona. He knows me well and I know him well.'
Gabri has won three caps for Spain but found his chances limited over the past two seasons because of knee and ankle injuries. He left European champions Barcelona last month.
Ten Cate, noting that players usually move to Barcelona from Ajax and not the other way round, said of Gabri: 'He is a winner - a soccer player with many qualities and a great running capacity.'