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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Marc Overmars insists Ajax are keen on keeping hold of Nicolas Tagliafico

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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Matthijs de Ligt speaks about Liverpool transfer speculation

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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Hagi Showering Compliments for Young Footballers

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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Matthijs de Ligt unperturbed by the ongoing speculation with Barcelona

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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AREN’T ENGLAND CELEBRATING TOO EARLY AHEAD OF DUTCH CLASH?

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 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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