Belgium international Toby Alderweireld has suggested that he remains committed to the north London side despite the continuous speculation regarding his future. The centre-back is set to be reunited with Ajax when Spurs entertain them in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final but the defender has stressed that there won’t be any emotions during the tie.
He said: “I can make very popular statements, but I don’t know what’s coming my way. I do not say ‘no’ in advance for the future. But I am now fully focused on Tottenham and after that I also have a contract for one season. We will mainly have to play our own game. But at times when we are under pressure, we have to defend well and there may be moments to break out. But we can also put pressure, actually all the ways of playing football.”
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Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has indicated that the club are keen on keeping hold of Nicolas Tagliafico, who has been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks. The Argentina international has been with the Eredivisie giants for only 21 months but he has made progress to the point that has caught the eye of Europe’s elite clubs.
Speaking to NOC, Overmars said that Tagliafico remains a crucial player within the club’s ranks and the club prefer to keep him for another year at the least, he quipped: “We want to keep Nico Tagliafico here. If you start reading the news on sports sites every time, you will continue to give your question and answer. In the end, we provide the answer ourselves, because of course we are working with Nico to keep him here for another year. Let’s see that in the coming weeks.”
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Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt has opened the possibility of playing for Liverpool in the future. The Netherlands international has shared the playing field with Reds defender Virgil van Dijk at the international level, and he has now hinted that a reunion could be on the cards at the Mersey side club in the summer.
Speaking to Goal.com, De Ligt said that it has always been helpful to play alongside Van Dijk in the national team ranks and the same could be a possibility at the club level, he quipped: “Virgil is a player who has experience in the top leagues. Of course, you would want to learn from him. It’s very helpful playing alongside him in the Dutch team. It could happen (signing for Liverpool). He plays for Liverpool, a good club, but I’m not focused on them. I focus on Ajax and then I’ll see where I end up.”
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Gheorghe Hagi, the best European attacking midfielder of the 1980s and the 1990s and a coach to the FC Viitorul recently made a statement stating that Ajax Amsterdam, the Dutch team performed very well in the first leg of Champions league and dominated Real Madrid.
He sounded pretty impressed with the game plan of Ajax and was disappointed as the team lost to Real Madrid. He said that the team played with enormous energy and in the first half they put a lot of pressure on Real Madrid, the team didn’t get either space or time to respond as the game began. He also said that Ajax’s style and form resembled that of the one that he has in mind for Viitorul. Even when the Ajax strategy came as a surprise to Madrid, they were able to cope with it in the second half; they put themselves in their position, thinking the same as them leading to their victory. But the point is Ajax brought this all upon Madrid with very young players against the experience of Madrid.
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Netherlands international Matthijs de Ligt has said that he is unperturbed by the ongoing speculation linking him with Barcelona. The Catalan giants recently completed the signing of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax on a pre-contract agreement for the summer and reports have since suggested that De Ligt could pursue the same destination.
However, speaking to reporters, De Ligt has stressed that he is not looking into the gossip regarding his future and he could potentially remain at the club beyond the current campaign. Despite this, he refused to rule out a probable switch to the Blaugrana in the future after admitting that anyone would want to feature for the Spanish champions at some stage in their career.
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