David Neres has committed his future to Ajax amid speculation linking him with a move away from the Eredivisie champions.
The 22-year-old forward recently participated at the 2019 Copa America in which he ultimately lifted Brazil’s ninth title.
He went into this summer’s championship on the back off a successful year with the Amsterdammers, having played an instrumental role in their double-winning campaign.
Neres, who joined the Eredivisie giants in January 2017 from boyhood club São Paulo, was also key in their Champions League run which ended at the semi-final stage.
His performances and contributions – 12 goals and 15 assists in 50 matches – didn’t go unnoticed with a host of clubs including Premier League outfits Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly keen to secure his signature.
Having signed a new deal – which will expire in June 2022 – last year he appears to be in no rush to leave given he is now one of the first names on Erik ten Hag’s team sheet.
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“I’m having a beer because I have something to celebrate,” he told Algemeen Dagblad following Brazil’s 3-1 win over Peru in the 2019 Copa America final. “I have to be back at Ajax on July 28. My future is with Ajax.
“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.”
The rise and rise of Neres: Five key things to know…
- Neres joined Ajax from boyhood club São Paulo in January 2018.
- He’s since gone on to feature across 99 matches in all competitions, registering 29 goals and 32 assists.
- Neres turned down a lucrative move to China in early 2019 to remain with the Amsterdammers.
- He subsequently made his senior Brazil debut against Czech Republic in March 2019.
- Neres started in Brazil’s opening two matches at the 2019 Copa America.