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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With the announcement that England would be facing the Netherlands at the semi-finals of the Nations’ League next year, there was a huge relief from the English fans and analysts are already drumming up the victory song.
The game, which would trigger nostalgia at the very least, would be a very technical one. Ronaldo Koeman, who coincidentally played a key role in stopping England from qualifying for the 1994 World Cup, has helped Dutch football begin a new course in international football.
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Ajax goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has admitted that he is pleased the goalkeepers are grabbing the headlines with the ever-increasing price tags. The likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea have taken turns to break the goalkeeper transfer record over the past 18 months and Van der Sar believes the shot-stoppers are finally commanding the right price for their performances.
“I think on one end, we need to understand that goalkeeping is an art and is also a very important position to have in your club. And the demand is there that clubs can ask the money they receive now for goalkeepers like Liverpool and Man City. But the level goes up and also the type of goalkeeping is not only about short stopping but it is about distribution and helping the team out. That was a part of my game and I am happy to see that it is prolonging and progressing along the way,” he told Goal.com
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Manchester City are reportedly prepared to renew their pursuit of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong when the transfer window reopens in the New Year. The Dutchman had been heavily tipped to leave Ajax during the summer with plenty of high-profile interest but the club eventually decided against his sale after none of the clubs failed to match their asking price.
Since then, Barcelona have been tipped to acquire the Dutchman when the transfer window reopens but according to The Mirror, the Citizens are prepared to lodge an approach of their own for the former Willem II graduate. City were expected to acquire a new central midfielder during the summer following the departure of Yaya Toure after the expiry of his contract and this saw them linked with a move for Jorginho, who was then at Napoli.
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Dutch footballer Timothy Fosu-Mensah has joined Fulham on loan for the whole of the 2018/19 campaign. The Netherlands international had a good pre-season with Manchester United in the United States but he has nevertheless taken the opportunity to join the Cottagers after failing to receive assurances of gametime under Jose Mourinho.
“I have a good feeling about the Club. It has a nice history, it’s a nice Club. Fulham has a lot of good players, and it’s good for my development to be here. I spoke to the Manager and he gave me a good feeling. I’m happy to be here and I want to keep progressing,” he is quoted as saying by Fulham’s official website.
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The representative of Amin Younes has said that the future of the Germany international belongs at Napoli. The 24-year-old winger had come on the cusp of joining the Naples outfit from Ajax last winter but a strange change of events saw him remain at Ajax and then fall out of contention at the club.
Regardless of this, Napoli remain interested in securing his services and agent Nicola Innocentin has revealed that his client’s future lies with the Serie A giants, he told Calciomercato: “I categorically reveal that Younes will not go to Genoa. I have never had any contact with the Liguriancompany in this regard. Of the alleged interest of the rossoblù for the boy I have read the newspapers a few weeks ago. So I contacted the Griffon leadership to see if their intentions were real, but I was told that it was not. Amin will be at Naples and his future lies there.”
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Ajax forward Justin Kluivert has admitted that he is a huge admirer of Lionel Messi despite considering Cristiano Ronaldo as one of his role models. In an interview with Goal.com, Kluivert praised the work on Ronaldo on and off the pitch, but believes Messi is presently the world number one.
He said:“I definitely have a few [role models]. My father is one of them, but Cristiano Ronaldo is another, also because of what he’s doing off the pitch. He does a lot for charities and is really dedicated to his life as a footballer. That’s something I can learn from and I want to be doing myself as well. I’m Team Messi. He is the best player in the world, but Ronaldo is a role model for me.” Continue reading “Justin Kluivert Picks Lionel Messi Over Cristiano Ronaldo”