Ajax manager Frank de Boer has told Voetbal International that left back Nicolai Boilesen has expressed his desire to leave the club amid interest from Aston Villa.
Boilesen, 23, joined Ajax as a teenager having come up through the ranks at Danish side Brondby, and made his debut for the Amsterdam giants in 2011.
Tipped for big things upon his breakthrough, Boilesen has seen his career stall somewhat in recent years, with injuries playing a huge part in his stagnation.
With just 72 appearances in over four years in the Ajax first team, Boilesen needs to kick on with his career now, and try to fulfil his potential - and it seems that he wants to leave Ajax in order to do it.
Boilesen has just one year left on his contract at Ajax, and with Willem II's Mitchell Dijks returning to Ajax this summer, it seems that his replacement has already been purchased.
Now, Ajax boss de Boer has told Voetbal International that Boilesen has expressed a desire to leave the club this summer, with Dijks arriving as his successor.
"He still has a one-year contract and expressed the intention to make a move," said de Boer. "With Mitchell Dijks we have already adequately anticipated [his departure]"
Boilesen looks set to leave Ajax this summer, and it would be little surprise to see him sign for Aston Villa, with the Daily Mail reporting earlier this week that Tim Sherwood's men have already submitted a £1.1m bid to sign the Denmark international.
With Villa in desperate need of full backs, Boilesen could be a cut-price option for Sherwood, and he may be the ideal manager to get the best out of the left back considering his work with young players.
De Boer's admission that Boilesen wants to leave could accelerate his exit, and it certainly seems that - right now - Aston Villa lead the race for his signature.