Ajax director Marc Overmars has told the Premier League elite to forget about signing Joel Veltman.
Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Overmars' former club Arsenal have all sent scouts to watch the young defender recently, who impressed in the game against Groningen on Thursday.
Veltman is the latest in a line of impressive young products to come from the Amsterdam Arena but in keeping with Ajax's position as a selling club, the suggestion was that he could be sold in the summer.
However, Overmars has put to bed any rumours of a swift exit for the 22-year-old and say the club will work hard to keep him at the club.
Overmars is quoted in the Daily Mirror as saying: “I will fight to keep Veltman. We don’t want him to go. He is a massive talent and players have been leaving this club too early in their careers.
“Veltman is a sensation. We never expected him to make such an amazing breakthrough at top level. But that’s down to the work of Jaap Stam.
“Joel gets defensive lessons from the biggest of all defenders. Jaap has been working on him really hard with individual coaching at Ajax.’’
Manchester United are desperate for defensive reinforcment in the summer with the revelation that captain Nemanja Vidic will be leaving in the summer giving David Moyes something to think about.
Arsenal, too are in need of defensive reinforcement as stars like Johan Djourou and Ignasi Miquel, who are both out on loan, have failed to progress as quickly as Arsene Wenger hoped.
Jose Mourinho is still looking to rebuild his back line with John Terry approaching the end of his career and doubts over David Luiz's defensive stability still under review.
Veltman currently has three years remaining on his contract but only earns £10,000-a-week. That's wage that a club like Manchester City could easily blow out of the water, possibly offering five times as much to bring him to the Etihad.
Ajax offered Veltman a considerable pay rise but he has yet to agree to sign the extension.
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