Tuesday, 13th November, 2012
Confusion reigns over the future of Ajax schemer Christian Eriksen after the Dutch club’s sporting director Marc Overmars suggested the player has refused to sign a new contract, something the Danish midfielder himself denies.
Eriksen is under contract at the Amsterdam ArenA until 2014 and Ajax are keen to persuade him to sign an extension, especially with English Premier League side Liverpool having been recently linked with making an offer, something the Dane found flattering.
But it is not just Liverpool who want Eriksen, with the talented playmaker also having been linked with a number of other sides, including Manchester United.
And so Ajax’s position is understandable, with genuine concern now that a new contract has been rebuffed, according to Overmars.
"We want Christian to sign a new contract, but it is not currently something he wants to do", explained the Ajax sporting director to Sporten.
"We will see what happens after this year."
Eriksen though has denied that he has refused to extend his contract and simply claims he is keeping his options open.
"I need, at any time, to be able to look forward.
"When is that? I do not know. I still have a contract until 2014 and I have a good feeling with Ajax.
"I know they want to renew, but I also feel that maybe I am ready to try something new.
"My agent is talking with the club and I will say yes or no."
For Overmars meanwhile, if Eriksen does choose to leave Ajax, it is essential he makes the right decision when it comes to deciding on a destination.
"I would really like to see Christian at a major European club, to see how that goes.
"He can play at any big club, that would be no problem.
"You should not be worried that clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid would not count on him.
"It is only important he chooses the right club."
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