Ajax end contract of brain-damaged former wonderkid Nouri

Abdelhak Nouri (Getty Images)
Abdelhak Nouri (Getty Images)

Ajax have terminated the contract of former wonderkid Abdelhak Nouri, severely brain damaged and in a coma since collapsing three seasons ago, the Amsterdam club confirmed on Tuesday.

The club intervened ahead of the 1 July date when the contract was due to renew for the 22-year-old who collapsed while warming up for a pre-season friendly against German club Werder Bremen in July 2017.

"It is correct that Ajax has terminated Abdelhak Nouri's contract, amongst others," Ajax said in a statement to AFP.

"Ajax did that with all players whose contracts end on 1 July including Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ryan Babel," the club said.

Both Huntelaar and ex-Liverpool player Babel are former Dutch internationals.

Known to fans and team-mates as Appie, Nouri joined the Amsterdam club aged seven and developed into a teenage sensation.

In 2018 Ajax agreed to pay for medical care for life for the player who has permanent, debilitating brain damage and will never be able to live independently.

His family filed suit against the club and it was determined that the player had received inadequate care after his collapse that was triggered by heart problems.

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