Ajax manager Frank de Boer has revealed that he wants the future of the three stars at Ajax to be sorted out as soon as possible. Players like Christian Eriksen and Siem de Jong have revealed that they want to go in search of new challenges.
They have been instrumental part of the successes Ajax have had in recent seasons under Frank de Boer, while they are close to lifting the league title this season as well. Christian Eriksen has been linked with a move to Liverpool by a liverpool fanzine and Borussia Dortmund in recent months, while Toby Alderweireld has been subjected to interest from the likes of Liverpool and Newcastle.
De Boer has said that the future of these players should be sorted as soon as possible because it would help Ajax build for the future rather than dwelling on the past. It would also help them adapt much quicker by being able to bring the replacements ahead of the start of the new season. De Boer has revealed that he may look at the likes of Davy Klaassen in case De Jong leaves in the summer. However, this decision is tough to take when the player is still at the club. The Ajax manager has also said that he has a successor for Alderweireld in the form of Veltman.
“It is important that we quickly anticipate [developments], because we want to adapt accordingly and get better. Suppose De Jong leaves, I have to look at Thulani Serero and Davy Klaassen, in whom I have confidence. It’s good to see that good players want to play in the Champions League with Ajax. Not long ago they wanted to go to clubs like FC Twente,” said the Ajax manager in a recent interview. Christian Eriksen’s contract at the club runs out at the end of next season.
The Belgium international Dries Mertens has said that PSV will be making a big mistake if they think that Ajax are the only contenders for the Eredivisie title this season. Mertens thinks that Feyenoord’s chances of winning the title should not be discounted.
PSV are currently top of the Dutch Eredivisie table. They are ahead of both Ajax and Feyenoord, but Ajax are the closest in the second position. Feyenoord are not too distant, as they are in the third position – just one point behind Ajax. The media has been entirely focusing on Ajax as the main title contender for PSV. Read more »
The young Barcelona striker Isaac Cuenca recently joined the Dutch Eredivisie club Ajax on a loan deal till the end of the season. After completing the loan move, the 21-year-old said that the Ajax manager Frank de Boer was a major influence in convincing him that move to Ajax was the right decision. The Spanish under 23 international had been linked with a whole host of other clubs in Europe before completing a move to Ajax. Cuenca came through the Barcelona youth academy, which has produced several stars like Lionel Messi and Iniesta over the years.
However, he had found first-team opportunities limited under the new management of Tito Vilanova in the first half of the season. As a result, he had to be loaned out in order to help him get experience. Cuenca has said that the formation of Ajax, which is similar to the 4-3-3 employed by Barcelona, was also crucial factor in moving to the Dutch club. After dominating the league for most of the season, the team have been finding it difficult to maintain their form in recent weeks. As a result, they have been overtaken by PSV in the table. PSV have a two point advantage over Ajax after having played 24 matches.
“I am very happy to be here. I could have gone to many other clubs, but Ajax’s 4-3-3 style of play is similar to Barcelona. The presence of the former Barcelona players Frank de Boer and Marc Overmars played a major role. They knew me well and wanted me. I hope to play this weekend, but that is a decision of the coach. Now I am 100 per cent fit. I feel healthy and strong,” said the 21-year-old striker. Ajax now have eight players capable of playing in the forward positions alone.
Ajax have said that their midfielder Ryan Babel is not expected to be back into the first-team action before New Year at least after suffering an injury. The former Liverpool forward suffered a shoulder injury while playing against Zwolle in the Eredivisie. The 4-2 victory for Ajax in this match was quickly forgotten following this serious injury to one of the important players of the team. This shoulder injury has ruled out Ryan Babel of the first team action at least until New Year according to the manager. The 25-year-old has been at his former club this summer after sealing a move from the German club Hoffenheim after failing to settle at his previous clubs.
Ryan Babel has many years to forget in his career after he has stagnated since moving to Liverpool as a 20-year-old. Since then, he has signed for the German club Hoffenheim. Even though his first season with the German club was good, the club has decided to part ways with the midfielder. Since his return to Ajax, he has been one of the important players for the team and will be a major miss in the upcoming matches. Meanwhile, the manager Frank de Boer has suggested that he will be making a few additions to the team through the January transfer window.
“Good players are always welcome. But you have to be careful, you might think that you need a certain player without realising you have cover. Suppose we move for a striker in the winter, and then Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Ryan Babel both return to fitness, then we have Danny Hoesen, Siem de Jong and Christian Eriksen. We also have to remember the youth players who jump at the chance to make the step up. That is the power of Ajax,” said Frank de Boer.
The former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has said that he feels that the team should be giving all their quality and performance when they take on Manchester city if they are to get anything from this match and progress to the next round of the Champions League. Ajax will be taking on Manchester city at home knowing that they certainly need to win this match in order to have any chance of progression to the next round after having especially lost heavily to Real Madrid in the earlier group matches. The former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel was signed by the club in the summer on a free transfer.
He is hoping to make a big impression in this match and has called for total commitment from the other players in order to get a result against Manchester city. Ajax are yet to win a point in the group matches this season, while they can overtake Manchester city with a victory tonight. The Premier league champions have made an indifferent start to the new season by conceding a lot of goals. Their weaknesses have been exposed a lot in the matches against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Babel is hoping to take advantage of the same when the two sides met each other.
“We have to play like men against City. The last match, against Heracles, we gave it away and that shouldn’t happen anymore. City is an opponent who benefits when we lose the ball, so we have to play really direct. If we stand still, it will be easy for them to defend us and that’s of course the last thing we want to do. Since my time they have made big steps forward and bought some very good players, they made good progress the last few years,” said Babel.
The former Liverpool midfielder Ryan Babel has decided to join his former club Ajax after being released by the German club Hoffenheim on mutual consent. The 25-year-old Ryan Babel was once regarded as one of the best young talent in the world. He moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2007 for around £ 10 million, but endured a disappointing spell at the Merseyside club. After spending a few seasons at Anfield without a lot of first-team opportunities, Ryan Babel was finally sold to the German club Hoffenheim in 2011. However, he spent only one season with the German club before agreeing a mutual release of his contract.
Now, he has returned to Ajax on the transfer deadline day. He started his career with Ajax as a youth player and he hopes that joining the Dutch club will facilitate his revival. He has now signed a one-year contract with Ajax, and he hopes that he can sufficiently impress the club in this 12 months to earn a longer term deal. Ryan Babel fell out with the coach at Hoffenheim over his indifferent performances throughout the campaign. The Ajax manager recently said that he is extremely happy to have a player like Ryan Babel in the team.
“Some people will see my one-year deal with Ajax as a step back after spells with Liverpool and Hoffenheim, but that’s not how I see it. This is a step in the right direction again for me after a very difficult period. This is my chance to get my career back on track, and I’m determined to grab that chance,” Babel told De Telegraaf. Ajax have made a good start to the new season, but are already four points behind the leaders FC Twente. This is despite the fact that they are undefeated so far.