Manchester United and Chelsea set to miss out on 'the Danish Messi'

Viktor Fischer

Ajax forward Viktor Fischer has announced his intentions to sign a new contract with the club. The 18-year-old is considered one of Europe's top talents and was pursued by many of the continents top clubs.

Last season’s NextGen Series through up a few potential future star players. The likes of Raheem Sterling and Samuele Longo have since gone on to have progressive seasons this season. But the competition has not acted as a bigger springboard for anyone quite like the Ajax forward Viktor Fischer.

The Dutch club have produced several top talents over the years and recently the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Rafael Van Der Vaart and Jan Vertonghen have also made the grade. The Danish youngster first caught the eye at international level with Denmark at the Under-17 World Cup. His dribbling ability and potency in front of goal earned him comparisons to the world’s current best player and the moniker ‘the Danish Messi’.

His record at under-17 level was imperious; 20 goals in 30 appearances for Denmark and his natural talent continued in Holland. He was the joint top scorer in last season’s NextGen Series with seven goals and after scoring another hat-trick in this season’s edition the decision was made to make him a permanent member of the first team at the Amsterdam Arena.

He has not disappointed scoring an impressive eight goals in 19 appearances for the first team and earning a place in the full national team setup.

Obviously as good as this progress is it also carried problems for Ajax. In recent years the financial situation of the Dutch side has meant they have often had to sell many of their young talents before they make a significant impact at the club.

So there was little surprise when the likes of Inter Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United all began to be linked with the talented teenager.

However any chance of signing him appears to have taken a blow as he announced his intention to sign a new deal with Ajax within the next couple of weeks.

"The negotiations are going quite smoothly and I do expect everything to be sorted out soon. I don't know when it will happen, but I'm sure it will be over very soon."

Frank De Boer has made the long-term future of Fischer one of his main priorities in recent months and now it seems they have finally tied down their man to a new deal; and fought off the interest of Europe’s hyenas.

Here he is in action…

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