Geronimo Rulli has spoken of his delight for signing with Eredivisie champions Ajax from Villarreal, Voetbal International reports.
The 30-year-old goalkeeper joins the Amsterdam club as a long-term solution for the squad and admitted he did not hesitate once the interest was serious.
“I am very happy and proud to be here,” the Argentinian said in an interview with Ajax TV. “When the opportunity presented itself, I didn’t have to think twice. I am very grateful to the club for bringing me in. Ajax has a great history and marks an era in football. I can’t wait to meet my colleagues.
Rulli became world champion with Argentina last month, although he did not play at the 2022 World Cup. From the bench he saw the emotionally charged quarter-final against the Dutch national team, which contains several Ajax players.
With a number of his new teammates involved in that match, the former Real Sociedad goalkeeper hopes to bury the hatchet with what happened during the World Cup.
“What am I going to say to them? I really don’t know yet. They played a great World Cup. Luck was on our side. Besides, we had Messi, that’s a big difference.”
“It felt like a final for us. In that game we got a big part of the final victory. I hope the fight has stopped now. I know a large part of the boys at Ajax and I know what kind of good football players they are.
“They also showed that during the World Cup. Now I have to start working with them and we are going for the same goals together. I’m going to enjoy that, because that’s what I came for.”