Friday, 11th January, 2013

Ajax defender Daley Blind’s future at the Dutch giants is unclear, with the 22-year-old’s contract at the Amsterdam ArenA due to expire in the summer and talks on a new deal only expected to start in February.

Last summer the Dutch champions rejected a bid from English Premier League side Aston Villa for the promising talent, and allowing Blind’s contract to dwindle in length could be a risky move.

Ajax seem comfortable with their approach though, with sporting director Marc Overmars telling Dutch daily the Algemeen Dagblad that "in principle, an immediate transfer is not negotiable.

"We know what we want, but first we must speak with Daley. That conversation is planned for February, it’s our business."


Daley himself is pleased to hear that Ajax want to start talks to keep him and believes that in many ways the club choosing to reject Aston Villa’s offer proved to be the right move at the time.

"It is certainly good to hear that the club do not want to lose me in the winter", he said.

"Ultimately, it [Ajax rejecting Aston Villa’s bid] worked out well, because I have got my chance and won a regular place."

Daley though is still not certain of his future at Ajax and there could be the potential for a summer switch for the Dutchman, especially if tempting proposals come his way.

He has played 18 times in the Eredivisie for Ajax so far during the current campaign and his name has instant cachet, as the son of former Holland defender Danny Blind.

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