ajax star reveals why he won’t leave the club this january

17:30    10 Jan 2019

Matthijs de Ligt (L) and David Neres (R) of Ajax celebrate
AFC Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt says he wants to remain with the Eredivisie club and will not be leaving during this January transfer window.

The 19-year-old centre-back is one of the most highly-regarded young defenders in European football, and he is destined to play for a continental heavyweight in the future.

If the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain had their way, de Ligt would be on his way out of Amsterdam to join them during the current European winter window.

However, the teenager has shot down speculation of his leaving Ajax midway through the current season and explained that he wants to part with the Eredivisie club on a winning note.

“I have no fear but I don’t want to leave the club in January”, de Ligt told Nederlandse Omroep Sticting.

“We have many trophies to win and I want to stay to lead Ajax to victory.”

Ajax are certainly strong contenders to win the Eredivisie championship. They are placed second on the log, trailing leaders and champions PSV Eindhoven by just two points.

The Amsterdam side will return from the winter break next weekend with a match away to Heerenveen on January 20.

In the UEFA Champions League round of 16, the Dutch giants will face competition holders Real Madrid over two legs on 13 February (home) and 5 March (away).

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