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De Jong admits he was an ‘ordinary player’ in debut season at Barcelona as he aims to reach new heights in 2021-22
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De Jong admits he was an ‘ordinary player’ in debut season at Barcelona as he aims to reach new heights in 2021-22

The Dutchman felt he was more influential at Camp Nou last term, but still sees plenty of room for improvement in his game Frenkie de Jong has admitted that he was an "ordinary player" in his debut season at Barcelona while outlining his ambition to reach new heights in 2021-22. Barca paid €75 million (£65m/$91m) to bring De Jong to Camp Nou from Ajax in the summer of 2019, bringing to an end his impressive three-year spell at Johan Cruyff ArenA. However, the Dutchman was unable to live up to expectations in his first season with the Blaugrana as they failed to win a trophy for the first time in 12 years.
Kudus: Ghana striker finds scoring boots as Ajax dispatch Feyenoord in Eredivisie
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Kudus: Ghana striker finds scoring boots as Ajax dispatch Feyenoord in Eredivisie

The attacker netted to help his side to three points in the Dutch league on Sunday Ghana midfielder Mohammed Kudus was on the score sheet as Ajax handed Feyenoord a 3-0 defeat in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday. In the matchday 32 fixture at De Kuip, the 20-year-old’s effort sealed three points for The Lancers who confirmed their place as league winners even before the game following a 4-0 victory over Emmen last week. Two own goals from Marcos Senesi and Ridgeciano Haps placed Ajax in the lead before the Black Star added his name to the score sheet.
Ajax, Man Utd battle for Nordsjaelland winger Kamaldeen Sulemana
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Ajax, Man Utd battle for Nordsjaelland winger Kamaldeen Sulemana

Nordsjaelland winger Kamaldeen Sulemana is being watched by Manchester United and Ajax. Ajax's director of football and former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars is set to travel to Denmark on Monday to watch 19-year-old Sulemana play against FC Copenhagen. The Amsterdam club have already had a £10million bid turned down for the winger in the January transfer window but are poised to go in with a higher offer to get the deal done quickly and fend off interest from United's transfer chief Matt Judge and German club Bayer Leverkusen, says the Daily Mail. Sulemana, who can play on either flank, first rose to prominence in Ghana's Right to Dream Academy, who own Nordsjaelland and use them as a shop window for their most promising young players.    
Kamaldeen: Ghana winger and Ajax and Lyon target makes history at Nordsjaelland
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Kamaldeen: Ghana winger and Ajax and Lyon target makes history at Nordsjaelland

The teenager been adjudged the best player in the Danish Superliga in April Ajax and Olympique Lyonnais Ghana target Kamaldeen Sulemana had become the first Nordsjaelland player to win the Danish Superliga Player of the Month and Young Player of the Month at the same time. The 19-year-old scooped the two awards for the month of April after a string of fine performances in the period under review. He netted five times in five matches.
Ajax’s ‘Bob Marley-Inspired’ Third Kit Has Leaked And It’s A Thing Of Absolute Beauty
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Ajax’s ‘Bob Marley-Inspired’ Third Kit Has Leaked And It’s A Thing Of Absolute Beauty

Ajax's 'Bob Marley-inspired' third kit for the 2021/2022 season has leaked and it could already be a contender for shirt of the season. The Dutch giants are known for producing unbelievable kits year after year - with one of next season's offering already catching the eye. Per the ever-reliable Footy Headlines, the shirt is in tribute to reggae artist and 'Three Little Birds' hitmaker Marley. 'Three Little Birds' has become an unofficial anthem for the club in recent years and is sung inside the Johan Cruyff Arena. Around the shoulders will be red, green and yellow, while the aforementioned three little birds look to be on the neck. Some have pointed out the colours are also used on Ghana's national flag, which will likely please young forward Mohammed Kudus. Fans hav...
Hakim Ziyech told to Leave Chelsea Ahead of Real Madrid Clash
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Hakim Ziyech told to Leave Chelsea Ahead of Real Madrid Clash

  Dutch legend Marco van Basten has told Hakim Ziyech to leave Chelsea, insisting that Thomas Tuchel is the ‘wrong’ manager for the Moroccan. Ziyech was brought to Stamford Bridge from Dutch giants, Ajax last summer and much was expected of him. But the Morocco international suffered injury and a lack of form which have seen him feature in just over half of Chelsea’s league matches. His goal against Manchester City last weekend put the Blues in the FA Cup final but the winger found himself back on the bench again on Saturday for the 1-0 win over West Ham. And Van Basten believes the 28-year-old should seek to leave Stamford Bridge this summer as he did not join the club to sit on the bench. “Ziyech again on the bench,” said Van Basten, according to Metro UK. “...
Super Eagles Legend, Finidi George turns 50 today and his former club teammates at Ajax made a tribute video to wish him a happy birthday… Watch!
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Super Eagles Legend, Finidi George turns 50 today and his former club teammates at Ajax made a tribute video to wish him a happy birthday… Watch!

Super Eagles legend, Finidi George turns 50 years old today and his former club teammates at Ajax made a tribute video to wish him a happy birthday. In the 3 minutes, 38 seconds video posted on the official AFC Ajax Twitter account, football icons like Patrick Kluivert, Edwin van dar Saar, Frank De Boer, Marc Overmars, Marco van Basten among others sent their wishes including former coach Louis Van Gaal. Finidi won three league titles, two Dutch Super Cups, the UEFA Champions League (UCL), UEFA Super Cup, and the Intercontinental Cup with Ajax. He who retired from football in 2004, was an important player of the Super Eagles of Nigeria team during the 1990s. He appeared in two World Cups including at USA 1994, where he scored a lovely goal against Greece. Watch the vide...
Ajax Ball Boy Throws Ball Angrily At Roma Player For Time Wasting
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Ajax Ball Boy Throws Ball Angrily At Roma Player For Time Wasting

Here is the moment an Ajax Ball Boy expressed his anger by throwing the ball hard at a Roma player for time wasting. In the closing stages of the Europa League match, Roma were ahead 2-1. One of the Ajax ball boys took out his anger on Roma substitute Riccardo Calafiori for time wasting. He aggressively threw the ball at Calafiori’s chest for time wasting before the throwing. The ball boy again stood his ground when Calafiori turned his anger on him. A few minutes later, the Referee gave Calafiori a yellow card for time-wasting. The match ended in a 2-1 win for AS Roma in the Europa League Quarter-final 1st leg. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/VVkjQcpleg4
Rashford is a blessing to Man United – Owen Hargreaves
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Rashford is a blessing to Man United – Owen Hargreaves

  Former Manchester United midfielder, Owen Hargreaves, has described Marcus Rashford as a blessing to the club after their Europa League victory over Granada. Rashford fired United in front in the first-half to set the English side on their way to a comfortable 2-0 win in the first leg of their quarter-final tie. Bruno Fernandes scored the second from the penalty spot for United, who now have one foot in the Europa League semi-finals. “Marcus Rashford has been absolutely fantastic, he’s been magic for Manchester United,” Hargreaves told BT Sport. “He looks like he prefers that position off the left-hand side where he can run into space. “He just gives Manchester United so much. His touch is good, he can run in behind or come short. Marcus is a blessing for this ...
Super Eagles Keeper Maduka Okoye Wanted By Ajax
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Super Eagles Keeper Maduka Okoye Wanted By Ajax

Maduka Okoye was careful about making any statements after his club's 2-0 victory over RKC Waalwijk. Just ahead of the game RTV Rijnmond (cited by fcupdate.nl) has reported that Ajax want the 21-year-old Sparta Rotterdam keeper. A few days later, now equipped with a deeper knowledge of what happened, Okoye has confirmed the rumors that Ajax have phoned Sparta Rotterdam to Transfermarkt. "It was all swift, but it is true," Okoye said in an exclusive interview with Transfermarkt. "Ajax has phoned Sparta but not me or my agency Prime11. I haven't talked to them directly." Ajax boss Edwin van der Sar—one of the best goalkeepers in history—has phoned Sparta's sporting director Henk van Stee. "I have a very close relationship with van Stee and my coach Henk Fraser and I am sure that sho...
UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final Draw
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UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final Draw

Manchester United, Arsenal, Roma, Ajax, Villarreal, Dinamo Zagreb, Slavia Prague and Granada have all found out their last-eight opponents Manchester United have been drawn to face La Liga side Granada in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, while Arsenal will take on Slavia Prague. United, who overcame AC Milan 2-1 on aggregate in the round of 16, will face the Spanish club in the last eight, while the Gunners are up against the Czech outfit who saw off Leicester City and Rangers in previous rounds. Ajax play Roma, and Dinamo Zagreb have been drawn against Villarreal in the other quarter-final match-ups.
Europa League quarter-final: Arsenal, Man Utd, Ajax to discover their opponents
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Europa League quarter-final: Arsenal, Man Utd, Ajax to discover their opponents

  All is set for the Europa League quarter-final draw on Friday, March 19, 2021. The eight teams left in the competition are: Roma, Villarreal, Ajax, Arsenal, Manchester United, Dinamo Zagreb, Granada and Slavia Prague. The draw ceremony will be staged at the House of European Football in UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. It will kick off one hour after the Champions League quarter-final draw. There will be no country protection or seeding for Friday’s quarter-final and semi-final draws, so any team can face anybody else in the next two stages The first-leg matches will be played on Thursday April 8, 2021, while the second legs will take place Thursday April 15, 2021.
Crystal Palace vs Man United: Van de Beek Told only way he’ll Succeed at Old Trafford
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Crystal Palace vs Man United: Van de Beek Told only way he’ll Succeed at Old Trafford

  Former Netherlands boss, Bert van Marwijk, has told Manchester United midfielder, Donny Van de Beek, that he must develop other qualities for him to succeed at Old Trafford. Marwijk believes Man United players are overlooking Van de Beek and have contributed to the 23-year-old’s struggles at the club. Van de Beek has failed to make an impact at Man United after his £40 million move from Ajax last summer. The Netherlands international, who was left out of Man United’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea last Sunday, has started just two matches in the Premier League for the Red Devils this term. “I think Donny van den Beek is an excellent football player,” Van Marwijk wrote in his column for De Telegraaf ahead of Man United’s away clash with Crystal Palace on Tuesday night. ...
Europa League Round of 16: Man Utd, Arsenal, AC Milan Discover Opponents
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Europa League Round of 16: Man Utd, Arsenal, AC Milan Discover Opponents

The draw for the Europa League Round of 16 will take place on Friday, February 26. The event kicks off 1pm CET. The 16 winners of the round of 32 ties, which was finalised on Thursday are: Ajax (NED) Arsenal (ENG) Granada (ESP) Molde (NOR) Rangers (SCO) Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) Tottenham (ENG) Villarreal (ESP) Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) Manchester United (ENG) AC Milan (ITA) Slavia Praha (CZE) Roma (ITA) Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) Young Boys (SUI) Olympiacos (GRE) There will be no seeding or country protection. Any restrictions will be announced ahead of the draw. The round of 16 first legs are scheduled for Thursday, March 11. The second legs will be played a week later on march 18.
FA Cup: Solskjaer Reacts to Van de Beek’s Performance Against West Ham
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FA Cup: Solskjaer Reacts to Van de Beek’s Performance Against West Ham

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has defended Donny van de Beek’s performance after they struggled past West Ham to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals. Scott McTominay netted the winner in extra time after a drab affair at Old Trafford. Van de Beek, who arrived in a £35 million deal from Ajax in the summer, started in midfield with Bruno Fernandes benched. In the absence of their main creative outlets, United struggled to find a way through West Ham. But Solskjaer was satisfield with how Van de Beek performed. “I thought in the first half, we and Donny played really well,” Solskjaer told reporters. “We created spaces and he was part of that. He did his job neat and tidy, had a half chance. In the second half, the whole team fell off a little bit and...
Van der Sar Names Ronaldo Greatest Player he Ever Played With
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Van der Sar Names Ronaldo Greatest Player he Ever Played With

Ajax managing director, Edwin van der Sar, on Friday named Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, as the greatest player he ever played with during his career. Van der Sar said this while felicitating with Ronaldo, on his 36th birthday. The former goalkeeper and Ronaldo were former teammates during their time together at Manchester United. Van der Sar, in a tweet via his Twitter handle, also urged the Portugal captain to keep pushing. The 50-year-old tweeted, “Finally home after a tough couple of days at the office… I would like to send my birthday wishes to my friend and the greatest player I’ve ever played with: @Cristiano. 36 years old? Wow… Keep pushing, legend.” Meanwhile, UEFA has since celebrated Ronaldo as he turns 36 years yesterday.
USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine
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USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine

The 20-year-old hasn't found his best form at Camp Nou since joining from Ajax in the summer but trusts in his own potential Sergino Dest admits his confidence has taken a hit since his summer move to Barcelona, but Ronald Koeman has backed him to find his feet at Camp Nou. The United States international joined from Ajax amid some fanfare in the last transfer window and has played in 15 of Barca’s 17 games in La Liga so far this season. Dest hasn’t always been at his best in Spain but he believes in his own potential to get over a tricky start to life at his new club.
Liverpool 1-0 Ajax: Jones winner sees Reds top Champions League group
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Liverpool 1-0 Ajax: Jones winner sees Reds top Champions League group

Curtis Jones' second-half goal secured Liverpool's progress to the Champions League knockout stages as group winners.   Liverpool secured passage to the Champions League knockout stages as group winners as they earned a 1-0 win over Ajax. A second-half goal from teenager Curtis Jones ensured the Reds would progress to the next stage on Wednesday, although academy prospect Caoimhin Kelleher, given his chance in goal, was required to make a stunning late save from Klaas Jan Huntelaar to protect the points at Anfield. Better was still to come for Jurgen Klopp and co, too, as news of Atalanta's shock draw with Midtjylland meant top spot was clinched in Group D with a game to spare.
Manchester United Fans Are Convinced Donny van de Beek Should Start More Often After Starring For The Netherlands
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Manchester United Fans Are Convinced Donny van de Beek Should Start More Often After Starring For The Netherlands

Donny van de Beek showed Manchester United what they've been missing as he starred for the Netherlands against Spain. Van de Beek has yet to start a Premier League game under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since joining from Ajax for £35 million in the summer. But he's performed brilliantly whenever he's represented his national team, delivering stellar performances against Italy and Spain. The Dutch midfielder scored for his side in the 1-1 draw with Spain as he impressed United fans with his outing on the international scene. And his individual highlights make for impressive viewing. From breaking up play to neatly setting up attacks. Van de Beek's showing on Wednesday got United talking on social media. One Twitter user wrote: "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hope you are watching what...
11 Ajax FC Players Test Positive For COVID-19
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11 Ajax FC Players Test Positive For COVID-19

Eleven Ajax players have tested positive for coronavirus one day before the club’s Champions League game against FC Midtjylland. As a result, only 17 Ajax players will travel to Denmark for the group-stage clash. Ajax travels with seventeen players to Denmark for the duel with FC Midtjylland. Kjell Scherpen and Brian Brobbey, among others, will be present. There is a press conference on Monday at 6:45 PM, where Erik ten Hag and Perr Schuurs will speak to the media. FC Midtjylland - Ajax starts on Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. Selection Scherpen Schuurs Mazraoui Blind Martínez Tagliafico Klaiber Timber Álvarez Ekkelenkamp Neres Antony Promes Traoré Huntelaar Brobbey Jensen
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Ziyech handed first Chelsea start against Krasnodar

The Morocco international has been included in the Blues starting XI to face the Russian Premier League side Hakim Ziyech has been handed his first Chelsea start against Krasnodar in Wednesday’s Champions League game at Krasnodar Stadium. The Morocco international teamed up with the Stamford Bridge outfit in the summer from Dutch side Ajax. The winger‘s debut was delayed due to a knee injury he suffered during the Blues pre-season game against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Donny Van De Beek Told He Has Made Huge Mistake Joining Manchester United By Marco Van Basten
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Donny Van De Beek Told He Has Made Huge Mistake Joining Manchester United By Marco Van Basten

  Dutch legend Marco van Basten has slammed Donny van de Beek's decision to join Manchester United in a remarkable outburst. The 23-year-old completed a £35 million move from Ajax in the summer window but since, the midfielder has been restricted to a handful of starts under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, spending the majority of his time watching from the bench. In fact, Van de Beek has made just two starts for United since arriving, with both of those coming in the Carabao Cup against Luton Town and Brighton. Despite scoring just 15 minutes into his debut in United's opening day defeat to Crystal Palace, it has been a frustrating start to life at Old Trafford, although Solskjaer has stressed that his time will come. But those assurances are not enough for the great Marco van B...
Ajax defender Blind back in training after collapse scare
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Ajax defender Blind back in training after collapse scare

Ajax have confirmed that the 30-year-old has been cleared to return following a series of tests on his heart Ajax defender Daley Blind is back in full training after collapsing on the pitch in a friendly last month. On August 25, Blind was taken from the pitch in a match against Hertha Berlin after an alert went off on his implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). That ICD was installed after the 30-year-old was diagnosed with inflammation of the heart muscle in December 2019 and was forced to miss two months of action.
Van De Beek Signing Is Absolutely Fantastic – Mark Bosnich
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Van De Beek Signing Is Absolutely Fantastic – Mark Bosnich

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has praised the signing of Van de Beek and claims the Netherland international is a fantastic signing for the Premier League side. Manchester United completed the signing of Van de Beek from Ajax last week and the Dutchman is tipped to add more magic to United midfield which already contains some quality players. Speaking with Sky Sports, Bosnich gave some key details about Van de Beek and also give reasons why he will be a fantastic signing for the Manchester side. “I know there are not many in, but it’s not through lack of trying,' Bosnich said “There are rumours flying about that they might get another centre-back in as well before the start of the season. “The Van de Beek signing is absolutely fantastic. He is truly a qual...
Done Deal: Man Utd Sign Van De Beek From Ajax On A 5-Year Deal
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Done Deal: Man Utd Sign Van De Beek From Ajax On A 5-Year Deal

Donny van de Beek has completed a medical in the Netherlands ahead of his £40m move from Ajax to Manchester United. The deal, which is thought to be in the region of €39m, plus another €5m in add-ons, is now imminent and could be completed before the Netherlands' upcoming Nations League matches. The 23-year-old had his medical while with the Netherlands squad ahead of their games against Poland (September 4) and Italy (September 7). He will travel to the UK after those fixtures. United have scouted Van de Beek extensively, with the player left out of Ajax's squad for the Dutch champions' friendly with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday amid rumours of an imminent move away. Van de Beek helped Ajax reach the 2018-19 Champions League semi-finals, scoring four goals along the way and...
Virgil Van Dijk Sends Donny Van De Beek Message After Completing Man United Transfer
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Virgil Van Dijk Sends Donny Van De Beek Message After Completing Man United Transfer

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has told Donny Van de Beek that he is glad he switched from Ajax to Manchester United. The 23-year-old’s move to Old Trafford is imminent after completing his medical with Man United on Monday. Van de Beek will sign a five-year deal with the Red Devils after United agreed to pay Ajax €40million plus €5million add ons. The midfielder’s paperwork with Ajax is a success and his medical with Man United went smooth. The Netherlands international is expected to be unveiled as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s player this week. While the Reds are taking their time to announce their first summer signing and Solskjaer’s sixth signing, van Dijk has kept rivalry aside to laud his compatriot of his move to Old Trafford. “It’s a nice step for him to move to a ...
Manchester United To Complete £45m Van De Beek Signing From Ajax
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Manchester United To Complete £45m Van De Beek Signing From Ajax

Manchester United are on the verge of completing a £45million deal for 23-year-old Ajax midfielder, Donny Van de Beek. According to [Mirror].According to the report, United Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played a huge role in convincing the midfielder to sign for United after telling him that he wants him to help turn Manchester United FC back into Premier League title contenders.Van de Beek who described United as one of the biggest clubs in the world has told friends that as a lad he loved watching the likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, and Wayne Rooney play. “When I was young I used to love watching Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world. Watching the likes of Scholes, Giggs, and Rooney. Some of the best players of all time have come from Manchester United,” he said...
Daley Blind Collapses During Pre-Season Friendly
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Daley Blind Collapses During Pre-Season Friendly

Daley Blind, the Ajax and Netherlands defender collapsed during Tuesday's pre-season friendly against Hertha Berlin, BBC reports. Blind, 30, was diagnosed with a heart condition in December 2019 after suffering from dizziness during a Champions League game against Valencia. The former Manchester United player returned to action in February after having an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted. Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag said Blind was feeling "OK" after being substituted. "Daley Blind's ICD went off. He got subbed off straight away and he is feeling OK now, he is feeling fine," Ten Hag told Dutch TV station Ziggo Sport. "We will do research about this now." https://www.instagram.com/p/CEWetIOFpwW/
What Lampard Told Tammy Abraham after Werner Signing
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What Lampard Told Tammy Abraham after Werner Signing

Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, has revealed that he spoke with Tammy Abraham, since the club spent £53million on Timo Werner. Wernet becomes the club’s second summer signing, following the £43m spent on Hakim Ziyech from Ajax. Lampard has warned the young stars at the club to continue to improve and also get used to competition within the squad. “I don’t feel the need to have addressed every player if a player comes in who might contest their position at a club like Chelsea. Because that’s what it’s about. “Tammy has had a very good season for us this season. He has to sustain and improve on that because at Chelsea we have demands. I’m happy to have options and we have options in forward areas. We must have competition for places,” Lampard told a Zoom press conference on ...
Lampard Ready to Sell Kante, six Others as Chelsea eye Havertz deal
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Lampard Ready to Sell Kante, six Others as Chelsea eye Havertz deal

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, would be willing to sell N’Golo Kante, in order to raise money to complete other deals, the UK Times reports. The Blues have already sealed moves for Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig ahead of next season. However, Lampard would have to sacrifice some members of his current squad, if he wants to bring in more new faces. Kante arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2016 from Leicester City and has become of the key players at the club. However, his future is now in doubt, with Chelsea very keen on signing Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen. Others at risk include Marcos Alonso, Baba Rahman, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi. Havertz will cost around £75m, but is believed to favour a ...
‘When Messi stops, De Jong will be Barcelona’s leader’ – Sneijder gives Dutch star big billing
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‘When Messi stops, De Jong will be Barcelona’s leader’ – Sneijder gives Dutch star big billing

The ex-Netherlands international expects a fellow countryman to fill big boots at Camp Nou, while Lautaro Martinez has been urged to head for Madrid When Lionel Messi decides his time at Barcelona is over, Wesley Sneijder says Frenkie de Jong will step up and become “even more of a leader” for the La Liga giants. The reigning La Liga champions invested heavily in a Netherlands international midfielder during the summer of 2019. De Jong’s current ability and future potential was noted during a productive spell at Ajax, with the 23-year-old proving himself on domestic and European stages.
“When Messi Gives Advice, You Listen” – Barcelona Midfielder, De Jong Says
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“When Messi Gives Advice, You Listen” – Barcelona Midfielder, De Jong Says

"If Lionel Messi is talking and giving you advice you take it, as he is by far the best player in the world. If he gives advice, you listen." Sometimes he says you have to be deeper or to the side, small things but it makes the difference." De Jong says he has had to tweak his game, but is learning from the best. "In Ajax and the Dutch squad I've had a different role but we're playing with a double six [two defensive midfielders]," he added. "I have to adapt and it's going OK, but I can improve. I'm at my best when I'm not the most defensive but also not the most attacking [midfielder]. It could be a successful first season in Spain for the Dutch midfielder as Barcelona are top of La Liga and in the Champions League last 16. However, not everything has gone smoothly as co...
Chelsea make bid for Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico
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Chelsea make bid for Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico

Chelsea have stepped up their bid for Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico. Mundo Deportivo says Chelsea have made an offer for Ajax left-back Tagliafico. The Blues are determined to sign a new full-back this summer, with Ben Chilwell and Alex Telles also linked. However, they will face competition from Barcelona and Arsenal. Tagliafico has five goals and seven assists in all competitions for Ajax this season.
Man Utd legend Giggs: You knew your role with Ferguson, it was the opposite under Van Gaal
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Man Utd legend Giggs: You knew your role with Ferguson, it was the opposite under Van Gaal

The former Wales winger worked with both coaches during his long era at Old Trafford and says they were very different Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has opened up on the difference between former coaches Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal. The winger spent almost all of his playing career under the tutelage of the Scottish great, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns among a host of other trophies. After retiring in 2014, Giggs joined the United background staff and assisted former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Van Gaal when he arrived at Old Trafford in 2014.
Finidi George Makes Laliga African All-time Best Eleven
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Finidi George Makes Laliga African All-time Best Eleven

Former Nigeria international Finidi George has been included in LaLiga’s African All-time Eleven list, MCI reports. The Africa LaLiga All-time best list which is a five minutes video of the selected players – past and present – was compiled by SuperSports and published on their verified Twitter handle. Finidi’s inclusion in the list is due to his impressive performance for Real Betis whom he joined from Dutch giants Ajax in 1996. During his time at Betis, Finidi netted in double digits in nearly every season, with the Andalusian club finishing fourth in his first year. The club also reached the final of the Copa del Rey in Finidi’s debut season where they lost 3-2 after extra-time to Barcelona, where he scored. Among other top African stars who were included in the conti...
Eredivisie Season Canceled, There Will Be No Champion & Relegation
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Eredivisie Season Canceled, There Will Be No Champion & Relegation

The Holland top flight's title will be left vacant with the season scrapped due to disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis. Both Ajax and AZ Alkmaar were level on points at the top of the Eredivisie, but neither will be crowned champions. Ajax will go enter the Champions League playoffs with AZ Alkmaar with playing in the qualifiers. Promotion and relegation have also been axed - with Cambuur, who were 11 points clear at the top of the second tier, sensationally missing out. Clubs were afforded a vote to decide the outcome of the campaign, with 16 choosing to enable promotion and relegation for the Eredivisie. However, a further nine sides voted against their competitors being allowed to move into different leagues, with nine more abstaining from the vote entirely and bel...
Dutch Eredivisie likely to be cancelled
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Dutch Eredivisie likely to be cancelled

The Dutch Football Association “intends not to continue” the Eredivisie season after the national government extended a ban on major events until 1 September because of coronavirus. Ajax and AZ Alkmaar are leading the Dutch top flight level on points after 26 games, with Ajax ahead on goal difference. Dutch football’s governing body KNVB said in a statement it “intends not to continue playing the 2019/20 competition” but will consult Uefa before making a final decision. Earlier on Tuesday, Uefa said some European leagues could be cancelled “in special cases” because of the pandemic. “Based on the government’s decision, the KNVB will consult with Uefa, after which the decision will be taken,” the KNVB statement continued. “The KNVB has not yet definitively cancelled competiti...
Finidi George waiting for opportunity to coach Nigeria
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Finidi George waiting for opportunity to coach Nigeria

The 49-year-old ex-international has spoken of his desire to manage the West Africans Former Super Eagles and Ajax winger Finidi George has revealed he is waiting for an opportunity to coach the Nigeria national team. The 49-year-old had an illustrious career playing for the Sons of Gods, where he won eight trophies including the 1995 Champions League before moving to Spain to play for Real Betis and RCD Mallorca. He also had a short stint in England with Ipswich Town.
Ex-Barcelona coach Van Gaal blasts Overmars for calling to end season
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Ex-Barcelona coach Van Gaal blasts Overmars for calling to end season

Former Barcelona coach Louis van Gaal has slammed clubs calling for the season to be canceled. Ajax technical director Marc Overmars recently urged the Dutch Football Association to call off the season and declare the Amsterdam side champions. Yet Van Gaal didn't take kindly to that sentiment and feels that the winner should be decided on the pitch, with the help of football's governing bodies. "UEFA and FIFA should be willing to adjust the rules and offer some room to manoeuvre," Van Gaal told Algemeen Dagblad. "Then we can start working. Then we can expand next season a bit, with more games during the week. "There are clubs who are using the coronavirus crisis for their own benefit," he added. "After 25 games, there cannot be an arrangement for Ajax to be champions. ...
Four Players To Leave Chelsea After Lampard Makes Ziyech His First Signing
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Four Players To Leave Chelsea After Lampard Makes Ziyech His First Signing

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, will sanction the departures of four first-team players, ahead of Hakim Ziyech’s arrival from Ajax in the summer, the UK Mirror reports. Ziyech will join the Blues on July 1, after both clubs agreed a fee of £37.8m for the 26-year-old. Lampard did not bring in any new faces in January, despite their transfer ban being lifted. However, he will oversee a clear out at the end of the season, with Olivier Giroud, Pedro Rodriguez, Willian and Michy Batshuayi likely to leave. Pedro and Giroud have only made 11 league appearances between them this season. Batshuayi is contracted until 2021, but is seen as surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, having not made a single Premier League start this season. Willian has featured much more under L...
Chelsea Agree £38m Deal To Sign Ajax Star Hakim Ziyech
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Chelsea Agree £38m Deal To Sign Ajax Star Hakim Ziyech

Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Hakim Ziyech in a £38million deal. The Blues failed to sign anyone in the January transfer window despite their two-window FIFA ban being overturned, but now appear set to sign one of their major targets. According to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, Chelsea wanted to sign Ziyech in January but the Eredivisie champions Ajax refused to sell as they bid to win the league. But the midfielder is now set to join Chelsea after a £45m verbal agreement was reached between the two clubs for Ziyech to move to the Premier League at the end of the season. Lampard instructed the Chelsea hierarchy that they must sign Ziyech and the 41-year-old is a big fan of the playmaker. The 26-year-old has played for Ajax since 2016 a...
Ajax Goalkeeper, Onana Chooses Chelsea
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Ajax Goalkeeper, Onana Chooses Chelsea

Ajax goalkeeper, Andre Onana, has chosen to play for Chelsea. According to the Daily Mail, the Cameroon shot-stopper wants to leave Ajax in the summer transfer window later this year and Chelsea is his number choice. The newspaper reports that Chelsea’s Premier League rival, Manchester United reportedly made an offer for Onana last summer amid concerns about David de Gea’s long-term future at Old Trafford. Ajax could demand as much as £50million for Onana, who has been impressive for Erik ten Hag’s side so far this season. Onana joined Ajax from Barcelona in 2016. The 23-year-old has made over 150 appearances for the Eredivisie champions. His current contract at Ajax will expire in 2022.
Ajax Reacts After Eriksen Joins Serie A Giants
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Ajax Reacts After Eriksen Joins Serie A Giants

Recall that Christian Eriksen join Inter for reported £17.5m deal until 2024. The former club of the Danish were quick to react to the midfielder transfer to Serie A giants. Recall that he won the Eredivisie with Ajax in 2010–11, 2011–12 and in 2012–13. He later departed for Tottenham in August 2013 for a reported fee of around £11.5 million.  
Ajax’s American Player, Sergino Dest Leaves Club’s Training Camp In Qatar Amid Iran Tensions
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Ajax’s American Player, Sergino Dest Leaves Club’s Training Camp In Qatar Amid Iran Tensions

United States right-back Sergino Dest has left Ajax's training camp in Qatar because he did "not feel comfortable", the Dutch club have said. It comes amid rising political tensions between the US and Qatar's neighbour Iran. Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani was killed at Baghdad airport in an air strike ordered by US president Donald Trump. Iran retaliated by firing missiles at air bases housing US forces in Iraq. On Saturday, US Soccer postponed a men's training camp in Qatar - which will host the 2022 World Cup - because of "developing tensions" in the region. Dest, 19, was born in the Dutch city of Almere but has an American father and chose to represent the US in October. He has won three caps. "Sergino Dest has asked if he could leave Ajax's training camp ...
The draw for the last-32 of the Europa League
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The draw for the last-32 of the Europa League

The draw for the round of 32 in the Europa League took place on Monday afternoon in Nyon, Switzerland, and featured all three English sides after they qualified for the knockout rounds. Wolves were the first team out of the pot and take on Barcelona-based Espanyol.  Celtic meet Copenhagen while Rangers are up against Portuguese side Braga. Sporting Lisbon will take on Istanbul Basaksehir while Getafe were selected to go up against Ajax. Bayer Leverkusen and Porto were drawn against each other. Cypriot team APOEL will have to get past Basel. Cluj face Sevilla as Alkmaar take on LASK from Austria. Ludogorets, meanwhile, take on Antonio Conte's Inter Milan as Red Bull Salzburg clash with Frankfurt. Shakhtar Donetsk have been matched up with Benfica with Wolfsburg to face Malm...
Champions League: Chelsea 4-4 Ajax
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Champions League: Chelsea 4-4 Ajax

Chelsea mounted a stirring fightback from 4-1 down to earn a crucial Champions League point as Ajax ended with nine men on a night of high drama at Stamford Bridge. The Dutch champions, semi-finalists last season, were in calm control and looked on course for victory when Donny van de Beek gave them a three-goal lead 10 minutes after the break - but in a chaotic closing period Chelsea completed a remarkable recovery as the visitors lost their discipline. Having pulled one back through Cesar Azpilicueta's close-range finish to make it 4-2, the game turned on its head in 60 seconds of high drama in the 68th minute. Daley Blind fouled Blues striker Tammy Abraham, referee Gianluca Rocchi allowed play to continue and a shot then hit Joel Veltman's arm in the 18-yard box. Rocchi awarded...
Football Fans Mock Goalkeeper Kepa For Blunder In 4-4 Ajax Draw
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Football Fans Mock Goalkeeper Kepa For Blunder In 4-4 Ajax Draw

Football fans wasted no time in reacting after shocking blunder by Chelsea Goalkeeper Kepa in the 4-4 draw against Ajax in the Champions League last night. The keeper was caught out by a deep free-kick from the left, which cannoned off the post, hit him as he dived to save it and bounced into the goal. TV presenter Gary Lineker led the jokes, claiming the Spaniard was 'Done like a Kepa'. While a fan on social media wrote: 'You won’t see a better diving header for a while' It was the second own goal of the night for Chelsea, after Tammy Abraham had opened the scoring at the wrong end with just three minutes played. watch the video... This about as unlucky as it gets ? Hakim Ziyech's cross hits Kepa square in the face and goes in. Wait for the slow-motion replays......
Feyenoord coach Jaap Stam steps down after 4-0 defeat by Ajax
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Feyenoord coach Jaap Stam steps down after 4-0 defeat by Ajax

Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam has resigned as Feyenoord coach after only seven months in the role. The 47-year-old Dutchman won only three of his 11 league games this season. They were 2-0 down to rivals Ajax after seven minutes on Sunday and after 40 minutes it was 4-0, which is how it ended, leaving them 12th in the table. Stam began his managerial career at Reading in June 2016 and took them to the Championship play-offs, but left in 2018 after one win in 18 league games. Feyenoord are in the same Europa League group as Rangers this season but lost 1-0 to the Scottish side and are currently bottom of the table with one win from three matches.
Michy Batshuayi Sends Instagram Message To Jorginho After He Tickled His Balls During Chelsea Celebrations
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Michy Batshuayi Sends Instagram Message To Jorginho After He Tickled His Balls During Chelsea Celebrations

Michy Batshuayi has hilariously called out Chelsea teammate Jorginho for his bizarre celebration in Chelsea's Champions League win over Ajax. The Blues were in action on Wednesday and the 26-year-old Batshuayi scored in the 86th minute to seal a 1-0 victory at the Johan Cruyff Arena. But Jorginho couldn't hold back his excitement during the celebrations and tried to tickle his teammate's balls. Batshuayi has seen the funny side of the whole incident and took to Twitter to ask him a simple question: "Why?" And when Jorginho decided to overlook a much-needed explanation for the Chelsea striker, the Belgium international took to Instagram and asked: "Can I have my balls back please?" Christian Pulisic and Batshuayi both came off the bench in the second half and combined toget...
‘Very happy’ Frank Lampard reacts to Chelsea’s champions league win over Ajax in Amsterdam
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‘Very happy’ Frank Lampard reacts to Chelsea’s champions league win over Ajax in Amsterdam

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard is in a happy mood after his young Chelsea team went to Amsterdam on Wednesday night of the UEFA Champions League and beat Ajax, last season's champions league semi-finalist. A tough match, given the quality of Ajax players, and Chelsea's young team due to FIFA's transfer ban imposed on the club. Chelsea set out to Amsterdam knowing that a draw against Ajax would be seen as a very good result but Lampard who is overseeing an influx of youth players and academy products into the Chelsea first team has revealed his delight at the win after Chelsea's Batshuayi netted the winner in the dying minutes. Speaking to BT sport after clinching the unexpected three points, the Chelsea legend said; "I am delighted with the quality of the moments. The work et...

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