Ajax left-back Nicolás Tagliafico has confirmed that he will stay at the club for one more season.
The defender had been linked with moves to both Premier League side Arsenal and La Liga giants Atletico Madrid this summer.
Tagliafico at Ajax: Five things you need to know…
- Tagliafico joined Ajax in 2018 from Argentine side Independiente for £4m.
- Since then, he has made 52 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals.
- The defender has an 84.6% pass accuracy rate in the Eredivisie this season.
- Ajax are currently top of the Eredivisie table on goal difference, level on points with PSV with two games to play.
- The Dutch outfit have one foot in the Champions League final, they are currently 1-0 up against Tottenham Hotspur after the semi-final first leg.
The full-back has been heavily linked with a move away from the Champions League semi-finalists this summer, with the majority of his teammates also reported targets from some of Europe’s big hitters.
However, Tagliafico has now reassured Ajax fans that he isn’t going anywhere once this season finishes, telling supporters via video that next season he will stay be in the famous red and white colours of his current employers.
He said: “Hello fans, how are you? I want to tell you that I will stay for one more season.
“Hopefully it will be a great year like it is this year. A hug to you all!”
¡Vamos @Nico_Taglia! 🔥🇦🇷
❌❌❌ is his home! pic.twitter.com/F7uzj8keuW
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) May 3, 2019
The defender had been linked with a move to either the Premier League or La Liga, with both Arsenal and Atletico Madrid reportedly interested in recruiting him.
Former Gunners winger Marc Overmars had commented in the past on Tagliafico’s future at Ajax, insisting that the club didn’t want to lose some of their main players, including Tagliafico.
He said: “We want to keep Nico Tagliafico and David Neres here.
“If you start reading the news on sports site every time, you will continue to give your question and answer.
“In the end, we provide the answer ourselves, because of the course we are working with Nico to keep him here for another year. Let’s see that in the coming weeks.”
An Ajax side that continues to surprise
It can’t be argued that Ajax are one of the major success stories throughout European football this season.
The side is littered with young talent mixed with experienced professionals who have worked together both domestically and in Europe to seek success for the Dutch outfit.
At 26-years-old, Tagliafico isn’t ‘young’ but is relatively new to European football having spent the majority of his career in his native country of Argentina.
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However, along with his teammates, Ajax are still on course to achieve the impossible.
They are two domestic wins away from getting their hands on their 34th Eredivisie title and are one clean sheet away from facing either Barcelona or Liverpool in the Champions League final on June 1.
Chances are Ajax’s starting eleven will look considerably different at the start of next season but one man who has assured fans that he isn’t leaving is Tagliafico.