Ajax have a rich tradition of producing top talent - with the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Maarten Stekelenburg all current Premier League players who made the grade with Jong Ajax.
So whenever one of their talented youngsters seems to be available there is always likely to be a few teams from England interested in that player’s services.
On this occasion the young man in question was Ricardo Kishna. The winger has impressed the Dutch side’s coaches with his recent performances for the club but with his contract expiring at the end of the season they knew they faced a battle to hold on to the talented 19-year-old.
A left footer who likes playing from the right wing - he was being heavily linked with a move to Liverpool or Manchester City - while Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 were also expected to rival them for his services.
His contract expiry meant any deal to snap him up would have been reasonably cheap - likely to be an independent compensation charge decided at tribunal unlikely to exceed £1 million.
Kishna, a Dutch under-19 international, is however not likely to be going to England anytime soon - or Germany for that matter.
Reports in Holland today suggest Kishna has signed a new deal at Ajax to keep him in Amsterdam until 2016 - with an option to extend that deal for another year should he have become a success in the next two hours.
Ajax en Ricardo Kishna hebben overeenstemming bereikt over de verlenging van zijn contract tot en met 30 juni 2016. http://t.co/ZZmdURkYm5— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) January 23, 2014
It has been posted on the clubs official website and Twitter account - pictured with former Premier League players Marc Overmars and Wim Jonk holding up his shirt in pride.
He will now hope to follow in their footsteps - and become an Ajax regular in the future.
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