Netherlands international Matthijs de Ligt does not believe Ajax can command more transfer fees through his services when compared to midfielder Frenkie de Jong. De Jong has already agreed to join Barcelona in a £65m deal and he is expected to officially part ways with Ajax during this summer’s transfer window.
Speaking in a press conference, De Ligt suggested that he may not prove a more expensive departure than De Jong, considering clubs generally spend more on midfielders compared to defenders, he said: “Will I be more expensive than Frenkie? I don’t think so, no. Normally teams spend more money on midfield players than defenders. I really don’t know. It’s up to Ajax – it’s not something that I decide. We shall see.”
Meanwhile, when asked about his future, the Ajax captain stated that he has yet to decide on his next move and the focus remains on completing the current season on a high, he added: “I haven’t made a decision (on my future) yet, so I don’t know. I am only focused on the last games of the season for now. We still have a lot to play for so let’s finish this season in a good way.”
Ajax are currently at the top of the Eredivisie with a superior goal difference over PSV Eindhoven and they are assured of the title so long as they win their remaining two matches. Elsewhere, they are on course for a domestic double with a great chance of winning the KNVB Cup against Willem II, whilst the dream of the treble also remains alive through the Champions League.
The Amsterdam outfit are currently regarded as the outsiders among the semi-finalists to secure the European crown, but it can’t be ignored that they have beaten Juventus and Real Madrid to reach the current phase of the competition. They are scheduled to face Tottenham Hotspur at the semi-final stage with the first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Tuesday night.