Justin Kluivert Confirms He’ll Not Renew His Ajax Contract

Ajax's Justin Kluivert during training.

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Justin Kluivert has hit out at Ajax’s management for exploring transfer avenues for the budding forward.

In a recent interview, the 19-year-old stated: “I’m not renewing my contract at Ajax. Too much has happened. The decreasing morale, lack of confidence, trying to sell me to Tottenham without me knowing. I heard about that at the last minute.

“That says nothing about Ajax, but about the people in the club. They do want they want. I get that feeling again, they do what they want.”

The youngster also went on to criticise the coaching setup at the club, claiming trainers do not get enough time to work with the squad before being moved on – something he believed creates instability.

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“Ajax change coaches too easily. They do not really get a chance. You notice our trainer that he is not really comfortable. You also saw that with Marcel Keizer. That’s what boys feel,” Kluivert added while speaking to Volkskrant.

“You can see how trainers behave, how they express themselves, even in the press. It feels unstable. The team was very close at the beginning of the season. That is no longer the case.”


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Kluivert has come through the renowned Ajax youth system, graduating to the first team at the age of 17 at the start of the 2016-17 Eredivisie season. Across 36 appearances in all competitions, the youngster has 11 goals and 5 assists this season.

He was blooded into the Dutch national team setup, making his first appearance as a substitute in Netherlands’ 3-0 win over reigning European champions Portugal.

The forward has so far been on the right track to have a successful career like his father Patrick, who is the Oranje’s 3rd highest scorer of all time, with 40 goals in 79 appearances for the national team.

The youngster is versatile, and logged a WhoScored rating of 7.98 in his lone appearance as a holding midfielder. He ticks all the boxes as a technician, and should he sign with a big European club, he has the potential to emulate, or even outdo his father’s illustrious footballing career.

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