Sunday, 28th July, 2013
Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld has insisted he is not necessarily looking to join a club that play in the Champions League if he leaves the Amsterdam ArenA.
The Belgium centre-back has just one year left to run on his contract with the Dutch champions and is ready to move on to greener pastures if the right offer comes along.
Alderweireld was in talks with Bayer Leverkusen earlier this summer, but the Bundesliga outfit could not agree a fee with Ajax, while the defender found the personal terms on offer not to his liking.
Ajax did accept an offer from Norwich City, however Alderweireld snubbed a switch to Carrow Road.
Long-time suitors Liverpool are the side all eyes are now on with regards to a bid for the player and Alderweireld has dropped some encouragement for the Reds by insisting being out of the Champions League is no handicap to signing him.
"I am looking for a good club that play attacking football and that suits my game", he told NUsport.
"It would be nice if they are in the Champions League, but it is not a requirement. I don’t want to play a lower standard of football in any case."
Alderweireld is clear too though that if a move does not materialise, he is happy to stay with Ajax for a little longer, with the defender cutting a happy figure in Amsterdam and focused now the new Dutch season has begun.
"I am now 100 per cent focused on Ajax. My head and my heart are here."
Ajax picked up the first silverware of the Dutch season yesterday, beating AZ Alkmaar 3-2 after extra-time in the Dutch Super Cup.
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