Monday, 19th May, 2014

Ajax boss Frank de Boer has praised Dennis Bergkamp's coaching skill, pointing to the effect the Arsenal legend has had on young Davy Klaassen.

The 21-year-old, who can operate as an attacking midfielder or a striker, has enjoyed a breakthrough season with Ajax, picking up the best young player in the Eredivisie award and winning his first senior cap for Holland.

De Boer, who led Ajax to their fourth consecutive title this season, is delighted with Klaassen's development at the Amsterdam ArenA and gives a large part of the credit pie to Bergkamp, who works on the club's coaching staff.

"If you look at his style of play, you can see the outstanding job Dennis Bergkamp did with him", De Boer told Inside Futbol.


"His way of shooting with the inside of his foot, the cold-blooded composure in front of goal, how to make the right choices… Klaassen had a great maestro", the Ajax coach added.

Now De Boer is plotting further improvements in young Klaassen's game, with the 21-year-old having a mentality that the boss loves.

"Take Klaassen, he should be an example for every youngster who aims to progress to the first team.

"When I worked with the Under-15s, it wasn’t just his excellent technical abilities that impressed me, but also his team spirit.

"This is a quality that is not so easy to find in an ambitious kid who aims for the top, because he generally thinks more about himself than about his team."

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