AZ director responds to Tottenham target Vincent Janssen's comments

Vincent Janssen scores the first goal for Netherlands

AZ technical director Max Huiberts says Vincent Janssen is not going anywhere.

Vincent Janssen scores the first goal for Netherlands

Speaking to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, AZ Alkmaar technical director Max Huiberts has stated that striker Vincent Janssen will not be leaving the club this summer.

Janssen was a relative unknown to football fans around the world a couple of seasons ago but over the last 12 months, the Dutchman has managed to establish himself as one of the most coveted young strikers around Europe.

The 22-year-old managed a stunning 27 goals in 34 Eredivisie appearances last season for AZ Alkmaar and he is currently the first choice striker for the Dutch national team.

Given his exploits, a host of clubs across Europe have understandably expressed their interest in signing Janssen and Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur in particular; have been very keen on recruiting the youngster this summer.

Netherlands' Vincent Janssen in action with England's Chris Smalling

Tottenham were believed to have placed a £10.7 million bid for Janssen recently but it was turned down (the Guardian) by AZ, leaving the player extremely frustrated.

Speaking to Dutch television yesterday, Janssen publicly revealed that Tottenham’s offer had been rejected by AZ and that he was left disappointed at the club as a result.

The striker said, “I have expressed my choice to the club. In my opinion, Spurs bid a high amount. At the moment I’m still a bit disappointed with AZ. I’m disappointed with how they behaved. I would like to make the move.

“I indicated I would take the next step and want to get away from the club. They know and are aware of. It’s a shame, I would have wished that it would go a little faster. Sure it’s fine to train again.

“AZ is a fantastic club but I want to make that next step for my development. Ultimately I hope to shake people’s hand here and walk out of the door on good terms.”

Athletic Bilbao's Carlos Gurpegi in action against AZ Alkmaar's Vincent Janssen

Now AZ technical director, Max Huiberts, has gone on to address the media following Janssen’s outburst and has seemingly delivered a huge blow to Tottenham’s hopes of signing the Dutch international by categorically stating that the club will not be looking to sell their star man this summer.

Huiberts told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, "We have done extensive research to approximate the market value of Vincent, with people who understand it, for example.

“We have ambition at AZ and want to belong to the top four in the Netherlands, so it does not help if we sell our players. Vincent signed a contract here a year ago for three years. Basically, we do not want to lose him.”

Vincent Janssen scores the first goal for the Netherlands from the penalty spot

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