Friday, 25th January, 2013
Christian Eriksen acknowledges that Ajax have offered him a new contract, but stresses he is in no hurry to sign it just yet. He has though reassured the Dutch giants that he would not like to walk away from the club on a free transfer, finding that to be wrong.
The Danish playmaker is a man in demand. Liverpool hold an interest, something Eriksen has admitted to finding "flattering", while Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded he is keeping his eye on the youngster’s progress at the Amsterdam ArenA. And there are a whole host of other clubs who would love to welcome Eriksen into their squad.
Of this Ajax are well aware, leading to a sense of urgency at the Dutch side over extending the player’s contract, which is due to expire in the summer of 2014.
And while Eriksen has not yet signed an extension and admits he is not in any rush to do so, he has reassured the Eredivisie champions that he will not walk away for free in 18 months’ time.
Indeed, he would find that morally wrong given all Ajax have done for him.
"As always, I am not in a hurry to sign", he told Dutch magazine NUsport.
"There is a meeting planned between my agent and Ajax, but I have no idea when that is.
"I would find it to be a sin to walk away in 18 months for free without giving something to Ajax. But I have not yet responded to their proposal, I’m just taking it easy."
Eriksen is focused on trying to help Ajax retain their Dutch title this season first, with Frank de Boer’s men sitting third at present, one point behind league leaders FC Twente.
It still remains to be seen whether De Boer will be able to count upon Eriksen’s services for the 2013/14 campaign, but the coach will hope he can.
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