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De Boer shocked by De Ligt’s move to Juventus
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De Boer shocked by De Ligt’s move to Juventus

Ronald de Boer, former youth coach of Matthijs de Ligt has revealed his surprise for the defender's choice of Serie A giants Juventus over Barcelona. De Ligt came through the youth ranks at Ajax and enjoyed a meteoric rise to limelight at a very young age. This ensured that he was promoted to the senior team on his 17th birthday. More was still to come from the youngster as he became Ajax's youngest captain as an 18-year-old and played a vital role in the club's journey to the semi-finals of the Champions League where they were eliminated in dramatic fashion by Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur. READ: Upamecano agrees personal terms with Bayern Munich The defender is gifted physically and technically and there were no surprises as most of Europe's elite clubs battled for...
Barca interested in Onana, Chelsea could lose out
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Barca interested in Onana, Chelsea could lose out

Chelsea are set to miss out on Ajax shot-stopper Andre Onana as he could be returning to Barcelona according to a report by The Daily Express.  The London club are looking to sign a new goalkeeper this summer to succeed Kepa Arrizabalaga who has yet to live up to the billing with consistent performances despite his huge transfer fee. Kepa was a world-record signing for the Blues from Athletic Club, making him the most expensive goalie presently in the game since 2018. The Blues were initially linked with Burnley's Nick Pope but have now set their eyes on Onana. READ: Szczesny reveals what Wenger said to him after he was caught smoking Onana, 24, appeared to send a farewell message to the Dutch Champions with an Instagram post after the cancellation of the Eredivisie season. The...
Ajax slap £35m price tag on Onana as Chelsea, others circle
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Ajax slap £35m price tag on Onana as Chelsea, others circle

Eredivisie giants Ajax have slapped a £35million price tag on goalkeeper Andre Onana as Chelsea and other European clubs consider a summer move. Onana has been the first-choice goalie at Ajax for the last four seasons and has garnered experience in Europa League and Champions League football. His consistency for the Eredivisie outfit has reportedly attracted interest from Chelsea, Barcelona, and Paris-Saint Germain. READ: Alisson recovers, returns to training According to The Telegraph, Chelsea are weighing up a £35m bid for Onana after concerns were raised over Kepa Arrizabalaga's run of inconsistencies between the goalposts. The Blues signed Kepa from Athletic Bilbao in a record deal worth £71.6million in 2018. It can be recalled that he lost his place to Willy Caballero aft...
Ajax boss Ten Hag – Ziyech plotted departure a long time ago
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Ajax boss Ten Hag – Ziyech plotted departure a long time ago

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag has suggested that Chelsea-bound Hakim Ziyech had mapped out his future before now. The Stamford Bridge outfit are closing in on a deal for the winger after agreeing a fee for him in the region of £38million on Wednesday. The 26-year-old will now hold talks with Chelsea over personal terms and it is expected that no issues will arise while he will sign a deal that will ensure he joins the Blues in the summer. The Eredivisie giants are happy to allow the sale of Ziyech after receiving the fee they were holding out for with regards to the player's valuation. However, they're shocked that none of Europe's biggest clubs tried to test their resolve earlier. In a chat with Fox Sports, Ten Hag revealed: “Ziyech to Chelsea? A transfer was coming, we expected it to ...
Chelsea considering summer move for Hakim Ziyech
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Chelsea considering summer move for Hakim Ziyech

According to a report from The Daily Telegraph, Chelsea had an approach for Hakim Ziyech turned down by Ajax in January but remain eager to sign him in the summer. Frank Lampard was disappointed over Chelsea's lack of activity in the January transfer window but has been promised a transfer budget over £150m in the summer. Chelsea reportedly saw their pursuit of a striker with moves for Dries Mertens and Moussa Dembele fail in the winter transfer window and it has now come to light that they tried to snap up Ziyech from Ajax in January. READ: Leeds midfielder Adam Forshaw to miss the rest of the season The 26-year-old has been one of the best players in the Eredivisie this term and in the last few years and has also been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund. Ziyech signed ...
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag blasts Barca’s advanced role for De Jong
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Ajax boss Erik ten Hag blasts Barca’s advanced role for De Jong

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has lashed out at Barcelona boss Quique Setien for deploying Frenkie de Jong in an advanced midfield role in his side. Since Setien's appointment, the Netherlands international has been playing a more advanced role and was on the scoresheet in the 3:2 win away to Real Betis. Although de Jong has established himself as a key man in the Barcelona first-team, Ten Hag criticized the club for playing him in a too-attacking position, claiming that the Dutch international is usually the one doing the supply. 'He is not a scorer,' Ten Hag explained on Dutch media outlet Ziggo Sport, as cited by Diario AS. READ: Juve to go all out for Pep Guardiola in the summer 'He is the player who is in charge of supplying, of supplying the teammates who give the assists or ...
Van de Beek likely to leave Ajax in the summer
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Van de Beek likely to leave Ajax in the summer

Donny van de Beek is expected to leave Ajax in the summer and will consider a move to the Premier League although he dismissed the possibility of leaving the Eredivisie giants this month. The player is also open to a move to the Premier League if a formal move is made for him at the end of the season. His representatives have been in talks with a Netherlands team scout over his best position although there are yet to be discussions with any Premier League club. Real Madrid are reportedly interested in van de Beek although no deal has been agreed and clubs have been informed that he won't leave Ajax until the summer. READ: Begovic joins Milan on loan In a chat with Fox Sports Netherlands after the friendly against Club Brugge, he said: "It is not that I can or want to do somethi...
UCL – Valencia vs Chelsea match preview and team news
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UCL – Valencia vs Chelsea match preview and team news

Valencia will host Chelsea at the Mestalla on Wednesday in what's arguably a winner takes all UEFA Champions League encounter. It can be recalled that the La Liga outfit beat Chelsea 1 nil at Stamford Bridge in the first round of games of the group stage. A win for the Blues will put them in good stead for a place in the UCL round of 16 stages and Valencia also know that they must not lose all 3 points in this one as they travel away to Ajax in the last group game. Chelsea, on the other hand, will host Lille at Stamford Bridge on the last day.  The Ligue 1 outfit have passed for the whipping boys in Group H. The game is definitely going to be one of the cracking UCL fixtures of the day. Chelsea have faced Valencia at their home turf twice and have won on the two occasions. However, V...
De Ligt – Ronaldo didn’t influence my Juve move
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De Ligt – Ronaldo didn’t influence my Juve move

New Juventus signing Matthijs de Ligt has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo did not influence his decision to join the club in a £67.8m move from Ajax. De Ligt was unveiled by Juve on Friday, with the highly sought after player revealing that his mind was already made up to join the Serie A giants before Ronaldo asked him about a move to the club. It can be recalled that De Ligt revealed that Ronaldo had asked him about joining him in Turin after their encounter in the UEFA Nations League final. Speaking in his first press conference as a Juve player, De Ligt told reporters: "After the final, I was already sure I wanted to join Juve," READ: Koscielny taking legal advice against Arsenal’s 50% pay cut offer "It was a big compliment to have Ronaldo ask me to join, but it didn't m...
Juventus announce De Ligt capture
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Juventus announce De Ligt capture

Juventus have signed Netherlands International Matthijs de Ligt from Eredivisie giants Ajax in a deal worth £67.5million, as confirmed by the Turin giants. De Ligt puts pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Serie A champions and is the club's sixth summer signing. Juve released a statement on Thursday morning to confirm the official capture of the player. It read: READ: De Ligt undergoes Juve medical ahead of proposed move “Juventus Football Club SpA announces that it has reached an agreement with Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax NV for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Matthijs de Ligt for a fee of € 75 million payable in five years over accessory charges for € 10.5 million” “Juventus signed a five-year performance contract with the same p...