Erik ten Hag and Ajax dedicated their first Eredivisie title in five years to Abdelhak Nouri.
Nouri, a talented young player known as ‘Appie’, was left with permanent brain damage after experiencing heart failure during Ajax’s friendly against Werder Bremen in July 2017.
Ajax wore a tribute to Nouri on their shirts as Ten Hag’s men won at De Graafschap on Wednesday to complete a domestic double, having already secured the KNVB Beker title.
The club’s 34th league title was particularly fitting as it matches the squad number worn by Nouri.
“Nouri has always been there [with Ajax]. It was terrible what happened,” Ten Hag told Fox Sports.
“It does something to a person. The boys were like family to him, that hurts incredibly much.”