Van der Sar expecting summer Ajax exits
Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar is resigned to the fact that the Dutch giants will again be losing some of their best players in the summer transfer window.
Eredivisie champions Ajax are well known for producing players through their famous Academy before then losing those individuals to the bigger European outfits in mega-money deals.
Last summer, de Godenzonen paid for their brilliant campaign, having won the league title before reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they were knocked out by a last-minute strike from Tottenham Hotspur forward Lucas Moura.
Captain and defender Matthijs de Ligt was an integral part of that side but he joined Juventus for 75million euros, while midfielder Frenkie de Jong made the switch to Spanish champions Barcelona for the same fee.
Van der Sar, who signed a new contract as Ajax CEO on Saturday, now expects more star players to leave the Johan Cruyff Arena at the end of the campaign.
Speaking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the former Manchester United goalkeeper said: “Next year Ajax will undoubtedly also lose players again.”
Van der Sar’s comments come amid reports that Premier League clubs are interested in several of the Dutch side’s players, notably Hakim Ziyech.
The Morocco international impressed in the recent 4-4 draw against Chelsea in the Champions League, contributing two assists for the Eredivisie side.
Ajax, who are on a four-game unbeaten run in all competitions, are back in action on Saturday when they play host to Heracles, who are enjoying an impressive season too and sit seventh heading into the contest.
Heracles have a good recent record against the reigning champions, winning the last meeting 1-0 on home soil, while they have only lost one of the past four matches against Erik ten Hag’s side.