Ajax chief pleased with increasing price tags on goalkeepers

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 plan winter approach for Ajax midfielder

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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Timothy Fosu-Mensah joins Crystal Palace on a season-long loan

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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Amin Younes’ agent hints at summer Napoli move

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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Justin Kluivert Picks Lionel Messi Over Cristiano Ronaldo

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”

Justin Kluivert Attracting High-Profile Interest – Mino Raiola

Super-agent Mino Raiola has revealed that his client Justin Kluivert is attracting plenty of interest from high-profile European clubs, though he would prefer to stick for Ajax for the coming years. The 18-year-old has built up a huge reputation since his debut with Ajax in January 2017, and talks are already underway at the Dutch club in order to commit him to a new contract beyond June 2019.

Speaking on De Telegraaf, Raiola cited that Justin is of interest to some of the biggest clubs in the world, but the left-sided winger is not in a hurry to pursue a fresh challenge, he said: “The negotiations are running well and there are no ripples in the water, but I have a duty to handle this very carefully. At Ajax, Justin is still playing under a small contract and there is a lot of interest for him, an exceptional amount and from the biggest clubs. You have to take those noises seriously too, because we are dealing with one of the greatest talents in the world.”
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Michael Reiziger Brought in As Interim Boss of Ajax

Michael Reiziger has been brought in as the interim manager at Ajax, as the club recently sacked manager Marcel Keizer. There were wholesale changes at Ajax after the club decided to act on the disappointing campaign, and it led to the departure of Keizer along with his assistant coaches – including Dennis Bergkamp. The club are only five points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven, but there is a major catastrophe unfolding at Ajax right from the team setup. The differences in opinion between the bosses in charge and the club’s board have led to a swift departure.

Keizer came to the club in the summer as the replacement for Peter Bosz, who had become the new manager at Borussia Dortmund only to leave the role earlier in the month. Keizer was able to lead Ajax to a decent performance in the domestic table, but there was disappointment in the Dutch Cup, where the team was knocked out by FC Twente on penalties. Furthermore, Ajax also had a major disappointment in the Europa League and the Champions League – after being knocked out of both competitions in the preliminary rounds. Since the Dutch football has declined of late, performance in European competition is of paramount importance in order to keep the club in the limelight and also to attract the high-profile youngsters.
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How Ajax nurture their young talent

What is the secret to how the mighty Ajax of Amsterdam keep producing their conveyor belt of young talent. There are many theories but one that has come to light is to do with how they train their youth players.

It is unconventional and certainly different but it appears to be getting results. It is a method that has been created by Jan Teunissen who is a Lecturer and Researcher in Talent Development and Identification at the HAN University of Applied Sciences.
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Ander Herrera likens FC Basel to Ajax

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has compared Swiss champions FC Basel with last season’s Europa League finalists Ajax because of their tendency to promote players from their youth academy.

The Red Devils clinched a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm in May, and this assured them of a place in the Champions League group stage.

In an interview with MUTV, Herrera insisted that United will pay maximum respect to the Swiss outfit, who have been regulars in the Champions League in recent seasons, he said: “Manchester United should be in the Champions League every season. Now we are back after one season and we have to know where we come from. We won the Europa League but we were not in the Champions League, so we have to respect every opponent. We face Basel and they’re a very talented team with young players. I think we can compare them with Ajax as they also promote very talented players and have a fantastic Academy.” Continue reading “Ander Herrera likens FC Basel to Ajax”

Tottenham Hotspur sign Ajax defender for a club-record fee

Tottenham Hotspurhavecompleted the signing of defenderDavinsonSanchez from Ajax for a club-record fee of around £42m.

The Colombia international has agreed to a six-year contract with the north London giants subject to a work permit. He becomes Spurs’ second signing of the summer transfer window following the arrival of goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton earlier in the week.

“We are delighted to announce that Davinson Sanchez has completed his move to the club subject to receipt of his work permit later this week,” read a statement read on the club’s official website.

Meanwhile, Sanchez was also delighted to link up with the Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and he considers it as a huge step forward in his playing career, he said: “This is a massive opportunity for me because of what Tottenham represent, not just here in England but around the world. It’s a huge step forward in my career and will allow me to continue developing and achieving big things.This is a great chance.”

Sanchez joined Ajax from Atletico Nacional on a five-year deal last summer, and he managed 32 appearances across all competitions for the Eredivisie outfit. He also featured in last season’s Europa League final against Manchester United, where they eventually lost by a 2-0 scoreline. Continue reading “Tottenham Hotspur sign Ajax defender for a club-record fee”