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Van de Beek delivers transfer update after Ajax seal place in Champions League play-off round

By Chris Smith

Published: 18:10, 14 August 2019

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek believes he is likely to remain in Amsterdam this season, although he refused to completely rule out a move to Real Madrid.

The 22-year-old was a key part of the Ajax side which reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and secured a domestic double last season.

Van de Beek’s future: Five key things to know…

  • Van de Beek scored 17 goals for Ajax last season.
  • His form helped the club reach the UCL semi-finals.
  • The midfielder has been heavily linked with Real Madrid.
  • Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have already left Ajax.
  • But Van de Beek expects to stay put for now at least.

The Dutch giants have already seen the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt depart this summer, to Barcelona and Juventus respectively, and reports linking Van de Beek to Real Madrid have gathered pace recently.

But speaking after Ajax’s 3-2 win over PAOK in the Champions League on Tuesday, Van de Beek admitted that while “nothing is certain” regarding his future, he does expect to remain where he is for now.

“Nothing is certain yet, but there’s a good chance I’ll continue here,” he told reporters after the match.

“Whatever happens, Real Madrid and Ajax are both fantastic clubs. I can’t complain.”

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Ajax’s win gave them a 5-4 aggregate victory over their Greek opponents, barely granting them safe passage into the final play-off round, something Van de Beek definitely hasn’t taken for granted.

“It was a tough evening. I’m glad we got there in the end, but don’t ask me how,” Van de Beek said. ‘It’s a very tough team to play against.”

Ajax will face Cypriot side APOEL in the final play-off round, while they continue their Eredivisie title defence away to VVV-Venlo on Saturday.