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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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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