Daley Blind has claimed that he learned a lot from Jose Mourinho after leaving Manchester United to rejoin boyhood club Ajax this summer.
The 28-year-old won four trophies and made 141 appearances for United following his move to Old Trafford back in 2014 but a lack of starts meant he was keen to leave ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
While Blind was mainly used as a squad player during towards the end of his United career, Mourinho had nothing but praise for the defender after his return to Ajax was confirmed.
Mourinho hailed Blind as one of the most professional players he had ever worked with and the Dutchman has returned the favour was some kind words for his former manager.
I learned a lot from him. He is a winner. And he can project that very well on a group, the Netherlands international said.
I almost played 150 matches. I won four trophies at United.
I had a very beautiful time. I had many nice moments there.
I am very grateful to the fans. I worked very nicely with Mourinho.
Mourinho thanked Blind for his service to the Red Devils following his move to Ajax last month.
I would like to say a big thank you to Daley Blind for everything he has done for the club since he joined in 2014, the Portuguese told Uniteds official website.
I have to say, that in my 18 years of management, Daley is one of the most professional players, both on and off the pitch, that I have had the pleasure to work with.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish him all the very best as he re-joins his boyhood club, Ajax, and thank him from the bottom of my heart for his commitment and dedication over the past two seasons.