Setback for Arsenal as 'the next Bergkamp' pens new contract, shuns Gunners

Ajax

Ajax youngster Davy Klaassen has confirmed that he has signed a new contract with the club, spurning Arsenal in the process.

Klaassen, who turned 21 in February, was signed by Ajax when he was just 11-years-old, and the midfielder joined up with the famed academy in Amsterdam having been playing for local amateur sides. He made his debut for the first team in the 2011 Champions League game against Lyon aged just 18, and went on to make fleeting appearances over the next two seasons.

It's this season that has seen Klaassen break through though, as the playmaker has hit an impressive 10 goals in just 30 games from midfield, and those impressive stats and performances haven't gone unnoticed, with Arsenal heavily linked with a move for the newly-capped Dutch international, whilst North London rivals Tottenham have also been suggested as a potential suitor for Klaassen should Holland national team manager Louis van Gaal replace Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane this summer.

But both clubs will be disappointed to hear that the talented playmaker tabbed as 'the next Dennis Bergkamp' by sections of the Dutch media has decided his immediate future lies in Amsterdam, and has signed a two-year extension to his current contract, which was due to expire in 2016.

"This is a logical step for me. We really want to start building something with Ajax, and I think we are doing well. I believe that beautiful things can happen," said Klaassen.

Now tied to Ajax until at least 2018, it seems unlikely that we'll be seeing Klaassen in the red and white of Arsenal, rather the red and white of Ajax. However, there is always the chance that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will look to make another move for Klaassen in the future. With an abundance of attacking midfielders already at his disposal, maybe it is better for Arsenal to wait and see how Klaassen progress during his extended stay with Ajax.

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