Arsenal and Manchester United to miss out as Ajax star pens new deal

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Ajax defender Joel Veltman has snubbed Premier League interest in order to sign a new contract at the Amsterdam Arena.

Both Arsenal and United are expected to be looking to strengthen their squads this summer, and the centre of defence could be an area of consideration for managers Arsene Wenger and David Moyes. The Gunners have fallen apart to their title rivals this season, leaking a combined 17 goals in away games at Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, and with doubts over the future of Thomas Vermaelen, Wenger could certainly be looking to add some depth behind first choice pairing Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

Meanwhile, Manchester United's squad will undergo a huge overhaul this summer, and the defence in particular will see plenty of changes. Long serving duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand look poised to leave the club at the end of the season, leaving Moyes with big shoes to fill with their imminent departures from Old Trafford.

One of the names that has been linked with a surprise move to either club is Ajax defender Veltman, who has enjoyed a breakout season after joining the Amsterdam giants aged just nine, and has worked his way through the vaunted setup at Ajax to become a first team regular.

His impressive displays have not only attracted interest from Premier League clubs - including Chelsea and Manchester City - but he has also made his first appearance for the Dutch national team, and has a great chance of making Louis van Gaal's squad for this summer's World Cup.

But whilst he would've been a name to watch should he have made the trip to Brazil, Veltman has announced that he has committed his future to Ajax, signing a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2018.

"I'm glad it's coming about. This will give me some calm", he told Dutch media. "I'm good at Ajax."

The news means that if Arsenal, Manchester United or any other club had lined up a summer swoop for the 22-year-old, they will have to go back to the drawing board.

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