Direct intervention from Frank de Boer halted the move.
Ricardo van Rhijn tussles with Romelu Lukaku
Ajax defender Ricardo van Rhijn has been discussing how he nearly joined Everton in the January transfer window.
The right-back was linked with Everton in the winter as they sought cover for Seamus Coleman’s injury niggles.
However, no deal ever came off and van Rhijn has no confirmed that then Ajax boss Frank De Boer had asked him not to make the move.
Former Ajax Head Coach Frank De Boer during a press conference
Speaking to Voetbal Zone he revealed:
“In addition, I could have gone to Everton in the winter, but Frank de Boer called and said that he wanted me to stay. Because of that call and Kenny (Tete’s) injury I got the idea that I would really get the chance.
“In hindsight last season was a lost year, but it can also be worse.”
The Dutchman has fallen down the pecking order at the Amsterdam ArenA after the emergence of Kenny Tete.
Ricardo van Rhijn tackles Cristiano Ronaldo
Prior to that he had looked the natural successor to Gregory van der Wiel and has won eight caps for the Dutch national team.
At 25-years-old he is still young and clearly has the potential to become a top full-back in the future.
Last season he only featured 14 times for Ajax which for a player of his calibre is simply not enough.
Ricardo van Rhijn with head in hands
This summer he is expected to leave Ajax and with a fellow Dutchman at Everton in Ronald Koeman perhaps a move could rematerialise.
Everton still need cover at right-back, so perhaps this is another story just to keep tabs on.