Ajax Director of Football Marc Overmars says that the club will not sell its young star Kasper Dolberg and that the team the manager is anxious to try out the attacking duo of Dolberg – Huntelaar.
Ajax Amsterdam finds itself in much of a similar situation to Monaco at the end of last year. The team performed very well, going way above most pundits’ expectations. Their impressive form in the European competitions, and the young squad with which they achieved this made many of Europe’s biggest clubs take notice. So, what is Ajax to do? Continue to feed larger clubs with top talent? Or, build upon these results, keep their best players and try to achieve even more in the new season.
Marc Overmans seems to confirm that the club’s strategy has opted for the latter. To begin with, the team’s most talked about young player, Kasper Dolberg, will not be sold at the moment for any price. Ajax has recently managed to bring back striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who following his time at Ajax, playing for the likes of Real Madrid and Milan. Overmans says that everyone is excited to see what the partnership between the experienced Huntelaar and the young Dolberg will yield.
“Kasper Dolberg and Amin Younes are not for sale,”Overmans tells De Telegraaf. “Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Dolberg are a top tandem of master and student.”
Don’t expect defender Davinson Sanchez to go anywhere either. At least not for a price of less than €40million. Names like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan are all rumoured to have taken an interest in the centre-back. But if they’ll want to sign him now, they will need to pay up says Overmans. “For less than €40m, he’s not going anywhere.”
The big European clubs will just need to continue scouting Ajax’s young players. And if tradition is anything to go by, there might well be a few new names on the horizon very soon with the Amsterdam club’s reputation firmly established as a “factory” of young talent.