Neres admits work to be done at Ajax

Everton forward Richarlison has revealed he has spoken to Ajax's David Neres about a possible move to Goodison Park this summer.

David Neres has admitted this season has been tricky for him so far after starring for Ajax in their run to the Champions League semis last term.

Neres was one of several stand-out performers for the Amsterdam outfit in 2018-19 after he scored 12 goals and managed 15 assists across 50 appearances in all competitions.

The 22-year-old scored big goals against Real Madrid and Juventus en route to the last four in Europe before Erik ten Hag’s side were eventually edged out by Spurs.

Overall, Neres’ assessment of the side this term is that they are “stronger than last season and have more experience” although he admits on a personal level he can do more.

The Brazil international has started just two of Ajax’s first five games, scoring once, as he’s been used sparingly so far. Neres knows there is room for improvement and he’s vowed to do just that as he is his own worst critic.

He said: “It has not been possible to play more consistently. I have to keep improving myself in every game. I still have to work hard at it, but I am getting better every season.”

Neres will hope to be involved when Ajax host Lille in their Champions League group opener this season on Tuesday before the Eredivisie action continues with a top-of-the-table clash at PSV Eindhoven.

Both sides have picked up 13 points from five league games so far but Ajax sit top by virtue of a +14 goal difference, three better than Sunday’s opponents.