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Blind: I'll play anywhere for United

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Daley Blind says he is happy to play wherever Louis van Gaal wants him to as he gets set to complete his £13.8 million switch to Manchester United.

Van Gaal used Blind at left-back, left centre-back and in defensive midfield for the Netherlands at the World Cup, with suggestions he could prove similarly versatile at United.

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"I don't mind at all where I play, as long as I get minutes on the field," Blind said. "I am enormously proud to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"I showed willpower and I never let my head go down. I got a call on Friday night to say that the clubs had agreed a deal.

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"I was with my girlfriend and we went to my parents' house to drink a glass of wine.

"I want to thank everyone for the wonderful years I've had at Ajax from my seventh year to my 24th! Ajax remains my club."

Blind completed his medical at Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester yesterday and is set to finalise his move this morning.

His signing will take United's summer spending near the £150m mark, following the arrivals of Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo - who is still attempting to secure a work permit after his £16m move from Sporting Lisbon.

Sources have told ESPN that United are also facing third-party ownership issues over Rojo, with the Sun reporting that the case could end up in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Daley Blind was used in a variety of roles under Louis van Gaal at the World Cup © AP
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