Chelsea target David Neres has dismissed rumours linking him with a summer move as he declared: ‘My future is with Ajax’.
The talented 22-year old Neres has 19 assists in all competitions for the Ajax this season, as they managed to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, only being beaten on the away goal rule while winning the Dutch League for the first time in five years.
The Eredivisie club are already prepared to lose several players from their youthful squad at the end of the season with Frenkie de Jong having already agreed a £65m transfer to Barcelona in summer, and Matthijs De Ligt a target for many top clubs.
However, after Brazil beat Peru 3-1 in the Copa America final the 22-year-old, was quick to reaffirm his commitment to his current club and admitted that he has no intention of leaving the Dutch Champions this summer.
“I’m having a beer because I have something to celebrate,” he told Algemeen Dagblad.
“I have to be back at Ajax on July 28. My future is with Ajax.”
Meanwhile, Jamie Redknapp has warned Chelsea that they need to be realistic about their goals this coming season under the guidance of Frank Lampard.
Lampard will be testing the waters in the Premier League as boss, we are unable to sign any top-class players, because of the transfer ban, and the club will have to rely on the youngsters to help them challenge for a top four spot.
With that in mind, Redknapp says we should temper their expectations under Lampard and give the incoming Derby man time.
He told Sky Sports News: “It’s a great move, not just for Frank but for Chelsea too. It’s astute, you need someone who can stabilise the club somewhat when you’ve lost your best player and under a transfer embargo.
“They’ve got one of their own, the fans adore him. He’ll need time, there’ll be a lot of changes; you can’t bring any personnel in to replace a big-name star like Eden Hazard. He’ll need to be given time, but he will – because he’s Frank Lampard.
“The expectation will be to finish in the top four, but they’ve got to be realistic. I think there’ll be moments in the season where it’ll be a struggle, because of the Hazard effect.
“It doesn’t matter what manager you have – Guardiola, Mourinho, anyone – they are going to struggle without that quality of player. But if they were to finish in the top four, that would be an amazing season considering the embargo and everything else.”
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