Ajax open talks with Huntelaar on new
Saturday 18 October 2008
Ajax will soon open talks with
their forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar about extending his
contract that expires in 2010.
The club and the player did that
in June of this year as well, but couldn't come to an
"Back then we decided to postpone
the negotiations long term, because we had to calm down
things a bit," General Director at Ajax Henri van
der Aat said.
"Huntelaars agent wanted a
limited transfer fee of some 17 million euro in the
terms. For us that was not acceptable, as he would be
gone the next day."
Ajax wanted a fee of 35 million.
Although Manchester City wanted
to pay 40 million just before the transfer deadline
and Ajax had a negative result of operations of 15.3
million, the club didn't sell.
They prefer to keep the striker
"There has never been a need
to sell Huntelaar. Not in the past and not now,"
Financial Director Jeroen Slop says.
The sum of 35 million or even 40
million seem a bit over the top for a striker who has
netted only two in the new season.
But his coach Marco van Basten
is not worried about his center forward: "He is
a real striker and he needs to take the chances he gets
and keep doing the things he needs to do."
"Klaas-Jan should focus on
the box. That is where we need him. He drops back too
often to touch the ball, to be involved. But he shouldn't."