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By ESPN Staff
Aug 12, 2007

Ajax accept Real Madrid bid for Sneijder

MADRID, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Ajax Amsterdam have accepted a 27 million euro ($36.98 million) offer from Spanish champions Real Madrid for midfielder Wesley Sneijder, the Dutch club said on Sunday.

Real confirmed the move, saying the 23-year-old Netherlands international, who has played 180 matches and scored 57 goals for Ajax, would sign a five-year contract with the club.

Sneijder, capped 35 times by the Netherlands, will join fellow Dutchman Royston Drenthe at Spanish champions.

Drenthe, a 20-year-old left back who can also play on the wing, arrived in Madrid on Sunday to complete a 14-million euro move from Feyenoord.

'I couldn't say no to a club of the magnitude of Real Madrid,' Drenthe was quoted as saying by Real Madrid TV on his arrival at Madrid airport.

The signings of Sneijder and Drenthe will bring Real's Dutch contingent to three players, striker Ruud van Nistelrooy having joined the club last season from Manchester United.

With the addition of the two Dutchmen, Real will have signed six new players since coach Fabio Capello was sacked after steering the club to the league title last season.

Centre backs Christoph Metzelder and Pepe, goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek and striker Javier Saviola have already joined the club who are now coached by former German international Bernd Schuster.

Real lost 1-0 to King's Cup winners Sevilla in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Saturday and play the return at the Bernabeu next Sunday.

They begin the defence of their league title at home to city rivals Atletico Madrid on the weekend of August 25-26.