De Boer extension will help keep Fischer away from Manchester United

Viktor Fischer

Frank de Boer has extended his contract with Ajax until 2017 which will surely help persuade wonderkid Viktor Fischer to stick around, amid interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

United have been scouting and tracking the 18-year-old ahead of a possible summer bid but there chances of that now being a success seem non-existent.

They seem non-existent because of de Boer's extention, which will only enhance Fischer’s desire to remain an Ajax player. He’s previously said that he would be happy to stay at the club and the stability and longevity de Boer’s news provides will only maintain that.

United could still come in with a big bid this summer, which is well within their rights but de Boer has always appeared to be a very bullish and tough character who won’t let his best players go without a fight.

There’s not a lot that seems to be going in United’s favour because regardless of the partnership the clubs announced earlier in the season, that doesn’t appear to have given them any advantage in this matter.

Fischer owes everything to de Boer because he’s the coach who gave him his chance in the Ajax first team, which creates that unique bond between player and coach, with a loyalty which is very difficult to break in the early years of a footballer's career at the top level.

Think of the unique relationship that Sir Alex Ferguson had with younger players at Manchester United. There are bound to be several who would snub greater riches and opportunities just because of him after they’d moved to Old Trafford.

It’s a lot to ask Fischer, who has only ever known de Boer, to leave and sign for a club where he’ll be under massive pressure and for a manager who is in his first season at Old Trafford, just six months after breaking into the Ajax first team.

He’s also experiencing that guaranteed success under the managerial reign of de Boer as Ajax have won the last three Dutch league titles on the bounce, which is not exactly easy to do.

It’s also still very important to remember that Fischer is still a very young man at just 18-years-old. Add to that the fact he’s playing for Denmark and that creates a situation he may not want to risk with a move to the Premier League.

He also knows that de Boer is going to give him chances to play regularly in the Ajax first team and there is no guarantee of the same under a David Moyes led Manchester United.

It seems like this could be the small piece of news which keeps Fischer at the club for a very long time, meaning United need to go and look for another Danish teenage sensation to focus on.

Fischer may well move on at some point in the future but if he does he’s going to be older, a lot more experienced, a much better player and more than likely an awful lot more expensive than he is at the moment.

Should United still go after him?

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