Brazil winger scouted by Liverpool, Arsenal pledges future to Ajax

Date published: Monday 8th July 2019 1:04

David Neres TEAMtalk

David Neres has said he has no thoughts of quitting Ajax amid a reports linking him with Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool this summer.

The 22-year-old winger is on international duty at the Copa America with Brazil and was a sub as they defeated Peru 3-1 in the final last night.

But the Ajax man took time out from celebrating to confirm he was staying with the Dutch champions, despite interest from England and Atletico Madrid.

Neres told Algemeen Dagblad: “I’m having a beer because I have something to celebrate. I have to be back at Ajax on July 28. My future is with Ajax .

“It was hard to lose my spot. I did my best, but it was not enough.

“In the end I’m a part of the team and it’s most important that we win. Therefore I’m still satisfied. It’s great to win this prize with the national team. It’s a dream for me and the other players.

“Now it’s time to celebrate. We had a nice party in the dressing room. We danced and after that it was time to see my family.

“It was a good experience for me to be here and play with experienced players. I feel older myself and more experienced. That’s good for my development.”

In April, Arsenal were reported to have made Neres their No 1 attacking target this summer, while Liverpool watched the Brazilian in action.

Il Gazzetta dello Sport claimed scouts for both Arsenal and Liverpool were present at the Allianz Stadium for Ajax v Juvestus in April – with Neres very much the focus of their attention.

And according to the Italian paper, Arsenal were so impressed by the Brazilian’s performance that they have now made him their No 1 target this summer – and will not be dissuaded by the €50m asking price on his head.

Neres was one of Ajax’s stars on the way to the Champions League semi-final and he hit eight goals and grabbed eight assists in 20 Eredivisie starts last season.

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