Director of player affairs Marc Overmars has tempered expectations when it comes to Ajax’s European performances this season. He thinks that the Amsterdammers may have to stop as a result of the corona crisis.
‘Would have liked to get one player’
“I have expressed internally that we may have to make a gap year. Instead of taking one or two steps forward, we have – forced by the circumstances – to put the brakes on. That is all down to choices, also with purchases. or not, “Overmars said on Friday Ajax TV.
Ajax has the ambition to join the European top. The club, which reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in the 2018/2019 season, had for that reason wanted to be more active on the transfer market this summer, but the outbreak of COVID-19 led to changed plans.
“Fortunately, the sponsors and the fans are now pulling us through, because that is the most important income for us. But if the public has to stay away any longer, it will hit us hard,” said Overmars, who fears that the difference with the top clubs abroad are getting bigger because of the TV money.
“After all, we only get 9 million euros in TV money and all those other top clubs abroad from 130 to 150 million euros. You just have to have a realistic view. Then it could be difficult for us this year, but we still want to hibernate in the Champions League. “
Ajax sold four basic players in recent months with Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea), Donny van de Beek (Manchester United), Joël Veltman (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Sergiño Dest (FC Barcelona) and took Antony, Mohammed Kudus and Davy among others. Klaassen in return.
“We would have liked to make a different choice in a number of places. I honestly admit that we would have liked to have one player, but that did not work out”, said Overmars, who did not go into further details. He did deny that Ajax has been concrete for PSV players Eran Zahavi and Mohamed Ihattaren.
“Erik (ten Hag, ed.) Would indeed have preferred to keep Dest, but it is also the time we live in. We have to achieve certain goals, also financially. For example, to limit the damage in the coming year. I, be pretty big. It had to do with that too. “
Ajax is fifth in the Eredivisie after four rounds of play. The team won the first three games, but lost the last to FC Groningen. Next Saturday a home game with sc Heerenveen awaits, which is still unbeaten and one place higher than Ajax.
View the program, the results and the position in the Eredivisie