Fuming Man Utd, Liverpool target Justin Kluivert says he’s heading for Ajax exit
Justin Kluivert has taken a swipe at Ajax officials Edwin van der Sar and Marc Overmars after denying him a move to Tottenham.
The 19-year-old winger, who is believed to be a summer target for Manchester United and Liverpool, has criticised CEO Van der Sar and club director Overmars after they only told him about a bid from Spurs last summer when it was too late.
Tottenham wanted to take Kluivert to the Premier League in 2019 and asked about a potential deal whilst negotiating for Davinson Sanchez last summer.
The Eredivise club told Dutch newspaper Volkskrant: “Spurs’ proposal was that Kluivert would play in Amsterdam for another two years and that he would then go to Spurs. We did not go further on that, because we wanted to renew Justin’s contract.”
Kluivert is seething though over Ajax’s decision to turn down the offer and claimed club officials “do what they want” and has hinted that his time in Holland is up.
“I’m not renewing my contract at Ajax.
“Ajax wants me to extend my contract so that they can ask for more [when they sell],” he told Volkskrant. “What do they really want? My plan was to stay, but a lot has happened lately.
“The fans think that it’s only about money, while everyone knows I had it good. I was not waiting for money at all. Football is important. I want to develop myself.
“I was more or less told that I had to sign up. Otherwise I had to leave. Then you start thinking.”
Speaking about Tottenham’s move for him, he added: “I heard that at the last minute.
“That says nothing about Ajax, but about the people in the club. Somewhere they were laughing. You see how the football world works.
“If you get higher up, it looks like a game. They do what they want. I’m getting that feeling again now: they do what they want.
“I had two years contract and thought, ‘Do it.’ My idea was to stay. But then it turns out different.
“As a youth player, you see none of that. As a boy, everything is still fun. You have a nice game on Saturday. As soon as you get higher up, it is often about everything but football, it’s all about peripheral issues.”
In February Kluivert played down talk of a move to Man Utd.
Kluivert told Voetbal Inside: “The chances of me leaving are slim. I haven’t spoken to Jose Mourinho myself. I know as much as you do.
“Rumours are always there, but Manchester United has never come up, and I don’t think it’s a logical step. A few more years at Ajax? Who knows, we’ll see.”