Ajax star Jasper Cillessen has confirmed that there have been no offers made for his services, despite supposed interest in him coming from Manchester United.
The Dutchman also made it clear that he isn’t focusing on transfer speculation, instead insisting that he’s only got room to concentrate on playing for Ajax.
Van Gaal interest
Just yesterday did reports emerge suggesting that Louis van Gaal was considering a £25m bid for the 26-year-old incase he is to lose David de Gea to Real Madrid this summer, but it would appear Cillessen has quickly put an end to such a possibility.
Despite the fact many would deem a switch from the Eredivisie to the Premier League quite the step up in quality, and in moving to England Cillessen would be following Daley Blind and Memphis Depay - the latter having completed a United medical just last week - he doesn’t seem convinced by the prospect, claiming that his agent has informed him no bids for his services have been forthcoming.
"I have checked with my agents and there has been no contact [from any club]”, Cillessen supposedly told Dutch source Voetbal International.
“I am not enjoying getting linked with others clubs, while I am busy at Ajax. If I wanted to leave, I would not have extended my contract until 2018.
“My previous contract ran until 2016 and I could have easily left this summer.
“And the coach [Frank de Boer] was pretty clear when he was asked questions about my future.”
No room for negotiation
Though his opening gambit provides little more than the confirmation that there have been no formal enquiries coming through his agent, the second part of the statement is what Van Gaal will likely be interested in hearing.
Cillessen’s implication that he has no interest in leaving Ajax will mean that United could be forced to turn elsewhere, providing De Gea abandons ship of course.
De gea future
That’s a scenario United won’t want to dwell for too long on, although it’s certainly feasible given how much of an attractive proposition a move to Real will be.
Not only will the number one spot in the Spanish national team be within his reach if he moves to the Santiago Bernabeu but he’ll also be able to return to his homeland as a hero, and that in itself could prove a decisive factor.
United will naturally do everything they can do retain him, with rumours already suggesting they’re ready to make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the Premier League if he consents to an Old Trafford stay, but that might not be enough if he has his heart set on a departure.
If that unfortunate outcome becomes the eventuality then Van Gaal does have other options, although admittedly none of them will appear as glamorous as keeping De Gea himself. Victor Valdes is an experienced professional waiting in the wings for his United chance, whilst moves for Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic have also been mooted.
United fans, is Cillessen capable of replacing De Gea anyway? Do you think there’s a chance De Gea himself might stay? Let us know in the comments box below.