Gus Poyet surprised with Chelsea’s signing of Hakim Ziyech in February

Former Chelsea player Gus Poyet has said that Hakim Ziyech will prove a quality signing for the Blues but he is surprised that the club did not make the effort to sign him during the January transfer window. The west London giants confirmed that they had agreed on a transfer fee with Ajax for Ziyech in mid-February and the forward has since agreed to personal terms for the summer move.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, Poyet acknowledged that Ziyech will emerge as a top recruit for the Capital outfit, given his consistent showing for Ajax in the domestic and European competitions. However, the 52-year-old is amazed that his former club did not make the attempt to land Ziyech last month, considering they had spent plenty of money in order to overturn the transfer ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Andre Onana suggests he could leave Ajax in the long run

Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana has said that he won’t stay put with Ajax for the long-term and he does have the ambition of playing for a bigger club. The former Barcelona graduate has been linked with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the Premier League and the former are regarded as the front-runners with Hugo Lloris struggling for consistency over the past year.

Speaking to reporters, Onana acknowledged that there is plenty of competition to play in the Premier League and he is undecided over the same. He added that he is currently settled with the Dutch champions but won’t necessary rule out a fresh challenge with a bigger European outfit, he told: “There’s good competition and everyone wants to play here [in England] but to play you need to get a chance. The Premier League is not for everybody so we will see. Now, I am with Ajax and I am happy to be the first-choice goalkeeper. It’s always important for me to move on. I am not going to stay here forever but now I am focused, so let’s keep it this way.”

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Donny van de Beek rules out January move to Real Madrid

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek has insisted that he won’t part ways with Ajax at the midway stage of the campaign. The Netherlands international was heavily touted to join Real Madrid last summer but he eventually made the decision to stay put with the Dutch champions for the 2019/2020 season.

The Dutchman has since impressed seven goals across all competitions for Erik ten Hag’s side and there have recently been claimed that Los Blancos may revisit their interest at the turn of the year. However, speaking to Voetbal, Van de Beek dismissed the prospect of leaving the Eredivisie holders in January and stated that Los Blancos are aware of the same, he told: “I will finish the season at Ajax. At Real Madrid, they already know that. I do not like to change teams midway through the season.”

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David Neres commits to Ajax after turning down United interest

Ajax winger David Neres has committed his long-term future to the Dutch champions after neglecting the advances from Manchester United in the Premier League. The Brazil international was the subject of a £46m bid from the Red Devils before the English transfer deadline and reports have emerged that the attacker himself turned down the chance to join the Mancunian giants.

Since then, he has extended his stay with the reigning Eredivisie champions until 2023 and the same has been communicated by the Amsterdam outfit through a statement which read: “Ajax and David Neres have reached an agreement for the extension of his contract, which had been valid until June 30, 2022. The Brazilian player’s new contract now extends to June 30, 2023. The wing forward has played in 101 official games to date in Ajax’s first team, scoring 29 goals. In the past season, he won the Eredivisie championship and the KNVB Cup with Ajax. In addition to that, Neres made his debut in the Brazilian selection, which won the Copa América on its home turf. The wing forward is a five-time international.”

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Ajax manager Erik ten Hag dismisses transfer link with Steven Bergwijn

Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag has dismissed the prospect of signing PSV Eindhoven attacker Steven Bergwijn during this summer’s transfer window. The Dutch outfit had a wonderful 2018/19 campaign where they celebrated a domestic double and that has meant that a number of their existing players have been linked with potential departures.

Amidst this, the club are said to be planning potential additions to the squad but it appears that Bergwijn is not on their radar for the summer. Speaking to RTL, Ten Hag said that the club have never approached the Netherlands international and he is certainly not on their list for the ongoing transfer window.

He told: “Bergwijn has never been mentioned by us. Make of that what you want. If we have news, we will report it. That’s how we always do it. In the meantime, we do our work. We have our lists ready, going by position. I am not saying that Bergwijn is not on the list, but I am also not saying he is on it.”

Ajax have already pursued Quincy Promes to strengthen the attack for the summer and they may continue to recruit a couple of more players for the department. Hakim Ziyech has already been confirmed as one of the frontmen, who could head through the exit door and a move could materialise during the forthcoming weeks with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur among the contenders. Elsewhere, the Dutch giants have been weakened in the midfield with the departure of Frenkie de Jong and they are now bracing themselves for an approach for Donny van de Beek. The Dutchman has been attracting interest from Real Madrid among others and it has been reported that Ajax could accept a sum of around £60m to sanction his sale. Similarly, captain Matthijs de Ligt seems another player destined to head through the exit door.

Alderweireld remains committed to Tottenham amid Ajax return talk

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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