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NEWS: Zwolle sign Mokotjo

Zwolle sign Mokotjo on a three-year deal

Defensive midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo has signed a three-year deal with PEC Zwolle on a free transfer from Feyenoord. He is the first summer acquisition for Zwolle and the transfer will be made official on July 1st when the European Transfer Window opens.

The 22-year-old South African previously played for SuperSport United in his homeland before moving to the Netherlands in 2008 where he signed with Feyenoord, who subsquently loaned him to feeder club Excelsior.

Mokotjo states he is delighted with his move to Zwolle. “I was ready for a new challenge and I am happy with this opportunity.

“A few weeks ago the club showed some interest in me and after an initial discussion with Zwolle coach Ron Jans and technical director Gerard Nijkamp, I was positive that something good would happen.

“This season Zwolle have done well in all competitions. They also have a great stadium, a good vibe and big crowds that I can’t wait to play in front of,” he tells PECZwolle.nl

Nijkamp says he is pleased with their acquisition. “For PEC Zwolle, Kamohelo Mokotjo is a real asset. He is the type of player that we do not have. He creates the perfect balance in midfield and creates space. We are very happy that it has worked out as we have wanted this player for a long time,” he adds.

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NEWS: Strootman ‘We have let the fans down’

It went all wrong on Thursday night for PSV.  The Eindhoven club knew they could end the season on a real high by clinching the KNVB Beker but they failed at the hands of AZ Alkmaar.

Strootman: “We all need to look in the mirror. Me too”

“This was the chance to finish the season in a dignified way”, said PSV midfielder Kevin Strootman after the game. “We had the chance to still give the supporters something, the atmosphere they created was fantastic, but we have let them down.”

“We have to make a stand and we did not succeed, due to our own mistakes and for that we need to look in the mirror. Me too.”

PSV found themselves 2-0 down at De Kuip after just fifteen minutes through goals from Adam Maher and Jozy Altidore.

Strootman: “We gave away too much space and AZ scored from their first two chances and when they both go in, it then becomes difficult…”

After half an hour of play, Jürgen Locadia grabbed an goal, but then PSV failed to produce any chances. Until, Jeremain Lens was close to equalizing as he smashed his shot against the post late in the game.

Although PSV had three penalty claims turned down in the game, Strootman refuses to use that as an excuse: “Let’s not talk about it, otherwise I’ll be accused of complaining.”

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NEWS: Chevalier and RKC tear up contract

Teddy Chevalier has left RKC Waalwijk after he and the club agreed on a mutual termination of their contract.

Teddy Chevalier here challenging Feyenoord’s Stefan de Vrij

Chevalier arrived last summer from Zulte Waregem, after scoring 19 goals in 94 appearances for the Belgian side. For Waalwijk, he has netted nine times in 28 appearances and the Frenchman still had two years left on his existing deal. The player’s days were numbered after repeated misconduct and a suspension by coach Erwin Koeman.

“We are waiting for the player’s signature to make it official” said technical director of RKC, Janus van Gelder, who confirmed that the attacker will no longer be with the team this coming weekend when RKC takes on NEC in the last game of the season.

A move back to Belgium could be on the cards for the striker, reportedly KV Mechelen are interested in signing him for next season.

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NEWS: Jong Oranje provisional squad announced

Jong Oranje coach Cor Pot has announced a strong provisional Netherlands squad for the 2013 UEFA Under-21 European Championships, which begins on 5th of June in Israel.

Pot has selected the below list of 40 players to be reduced to 23 before the start of the tournament.

GOALKEEPERS: Marco Bizot (FC Groningen), Warner Hahn (FC Dordrecht), Nick Marsman (Go Ahead Eagles), Sergio Padt (AA Gent), Jeroen Zoet (RKC Waalwijk)

DEFENDERS: Daley Blind (Ajax), Jeffrey Bruma (Hamburger SV), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Mitchell Dijks (Ajax), Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (sc Heerenveen), Kelvin Leerdam (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Miquel Nelom (Feyenoord), Bram Nuytinck (Anderlecht), Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse), Mike van der Hoorn (FC Utrecht), Virgil van Dijk (FC Groningen), Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax), Jetro Willems (PSV), 

MIDFIELDERS: Leandro Bacuna (FC Groningen), Thomas Bruns (Heracles Almelo), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Lerin Duarte (Heracles Almelo), Leroy Fer (FC Twente), Adam Maher (AZ), Kevin Strootman (PSV), Tonny Trindade de Vilhena (Feyenoord), Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse), Ricky van Haaren (VVV-Venlo), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV)

FORWARDS: Memphis Depay (PSV), Luuk de Jong (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Danny Hoesen (Ajax), Guus Hupperts (Roda JC), Ola John (Benfica), Florian Jozefzoon (RKC Waalwijk), Jürgen Locadia (PSV), Rajiv van la Parra (sc Heerenveen), Yanic Wildschut (VVV-Venlo), Género Zeefuik (FC Groningen)

The Under-21 coach has selected a very strong squad with the likes of Luuk de Jong, Kevin Strootman, Jordy Clasie, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jetro Willems already been capped at full international level.

De Jong even though has senior experience with the Netherlands, he knows he still has plenty to prove at this summer’s Euros. The Borussia Mönchengladbach striker, who won his first full cap more than two years ago, aged 20, has since gone on to pick up six more. However, he remains part of the Jong Oranje setup and looks set to be part of the squad that Pot takes to Israel. The Dutch face a tough task in Group B against Spain, Germany and Russia.

“Every youth tournament, for every player, is an experience in itself,” De Jong told UEFA.com. “You can learn a lot by playing against your own age group. These are the best players in Europe and that’ll be a great experience. I have played for the senior team as well, which is another step higher, and you learn a lot from that. But here me and some other guys who also played in the senior team already, we all need to show we deserve to be part of this team.

“If you win the tournament … that’s the thing you are hoping for. Perhaps with the qualities we have we might be able to reach that, but you have to adjust as a team first. You have to approach each game in a focused manner and fight for each other all the way – then you might have a chance.”

Coach Cor Pot will leave the Jong Oranje management team after the tournament in June, Albert Stuivenberg, the mastermind of the Dutch Under-17s’ back-to-back European triumphs, will succeed Pot.

The 42-year-old has signed a contract running until the conclusion of the Brazil 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and will look to replicate his success with the Under-17 team. Under Stuivenberg, the Netherlands won back-to-back European Under-17 Championships though they failed as double title holders to qualify for this month’s final tournament in Slovakia.

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NEWS: The future of De Jong?

Siem de Jong (left) may not be returning to win a fourth title with Ajax next season

Yesterday, Siem de Jong won the third consecutive champion with Ajax but the question is whether the club captain will be in Amsterdam next season when Frank de Boer’s side attempt to win the fourth title in a row.

“I decide this summer exactly what I’ll do next,” said De Jong speaking to Eredivisie Live on Sunday afternoon after the win against Willem II. “If a club attracts me and I will leave here with a very good feeling about it.”

For now, no club has contacted Ajax in regards to a transfer for the midfielder, but it is known that he hopes to make the step into a different league with a new challenge. The three-time title winner spoke earlier in the season with a preference of a move to a Germany. However, he states he will not just say ‘yes’ to any offer from the Bundesliga.

“The Bundesliga really appeals to me, but it depends mainly on what club is coming for me. I will choose a club what is right for me, rather than the competition but first let’s see if there is a club interested in me.”

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NEWS: Serbian pair to join Benfica in July

Filip Djuricic sealed a move with Benfica

Today, Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen announced that Serbian playmaker Filip Djuricic will join Portuguese giants Benfica on July 1st when the European transfer window opens.  He will be joined in Portugal by fellow Serbian Miralem Sulejmani (formerly of Heerenveen) whom will join from Ajax on a free transfer.

Twenty-one year old Djuricic, had attracted interest from big clubs in Holland, but the Portuguese side has beaten them all for the midfielder’s signature. The transfer fee  have not been disclosed at this time, but the deal has been confirmed on Heerenveen’s official website and it is understood that both players have signed five-year contracts.

Technical director Johan Hansma released a statement on the club’s official website: “It’s good for our club that Djuricic is leaving for a big European side. As football fans we regret the departure of Filip, because he gave us a lot of wonderful moments but Filip is ready for his next step in his career and we wish him all the best.”

Waving goodbye to Ajax – Miralem Sulejmani

Sulejmani, 24, has been a bit of an outcast at Ajax, the Amsterdammers had paid €16.25 million to Heerenveen for him, breaking the Dutch transfer-record in July of 2008, but he will leave the club on a free. The attacker has made a total of 158 appearances for Ajax, and has 38 goals to his name.

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NEWS: Ajax to link up with Manchester United?

Ajax manager Frank de Boer

The partnership would see players from the Red Devils loaned to Ajax to gain great experience from first team football and although a plethora of transfers would be unlikely, with Ajax only likely to loan in areas they are in need of strengthening, it could potentially give Manchester United’s youth players a fantastic chance to experience a different footballing culture. The deal seems to be quite a simple one; United will send some of their best young and fringe players on loan to Ajax and in return they could have first refusal over some of the players linked with moves away from the Dutch club.

In an interview with Voetbal International, Frank de Boer said: “If Manchester United talent would prefer to gain experience with Ajax than in the lower divisions in England, then it can be a very interesting option.”

De Boer’s quotes come less than a week after Manchester United Dutch first-team coach Rene Meulensteen admitted to newspaper AD that loaning out the younger players would be a good idea with former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar playing a big role in getting the partnership started. “For our younger players it would be a good idea, rather play at Ajax than in the Championship, I’ll keep Edwin informed.”.

Now that Edwin van der Sar is working as the sporting director at Ajax, the move could prove extremely useful for both sides with the ex-United legend likely to play a key role if the partnership materialises.

Edwin van de Sar now Ajax’s Sporting Director

This season, Ajax have had Barcelona’s highly-rated winger Issac Cuenca on loan with the club and despite his problems with injuries, De Boer is hopeful that the player will go back to Spain with ‘enthusiastic stories’.  Barcelona are expected to have a long standing loan partnership with Ajax due to the link that Director of Football Marc Overmars provides, so the loan deal for Cuenca is likely to be the first of many.

Given Ajax’s globally renowned talent at creating and nurturing some of the worlds most gifted players including Dennis Bergkamp, Johan Cruyff, Patrick Kluverit, Edgar Davids, Marco van Basten and Wesley Sneijder, a move would be a great experience for any United youngsters and likely extremely beneficial.

If this deal does come off, and Manchester United do get first refusal on Ajax’s stars then I’m sure that Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen, Viktor Fischer and many more who could all make the 20-time champions a much stronger squad and a much stronger proposition to their rivals.

Ajax are not going to turn into a feeder club because they are under no obligation to sell players to United who don’t wish to move. The Eredivisie is a greatly underrated league in the context of European football and it allows United to get a stronger hold in terms of their scouting network in the Netherlands. It also potentially cuts off the supply line to their main rivals.

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NEWS: Blind signs new Ajax deal

Ajax have revealed on their official website that young left-back Daley Blind has signed a new deal with the club. The defender’s previous deal was set to expire at the end of the current season, which led to speculations linking the 23-year-old with a summer exit abroad.

However, the lengthy negotiations have finally produced results as Blind opted to sign a new three-year contract with the Amsterdammers.

The son of Ajax legend Danny Blind has come through the youth ranks at Amsterdam Arena and, as of time of writing, made 63 Eredivisie appearances for the club, including 31 this season. Blind was recently called up for his international debut by Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal and has so far earned three Oranje caps. He made his debut for the Amsterdam club in December 2008 and has gone on to win two Eredivisie titles.

Blind also has two goals in the 31 league fixtures for Ajax this season, having made the left-back position his own. Blind has now been rewarded with a new three-year contract that should keep him at the club until June 2016.

“We have an agreement and everyone is very satisfied. Daley will play the next three years with Ajax,” director of football Marc Overmars told the club’s official website. “All doubts disappeared. Daley is a full international and at Ajax we hope this will continue.”

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NEWS: Sno attracting interest

Free agent Evander Sno has attracted the interest of several clubs in Holland and Belgium, but wishes to take some time on making decision on his future and may even wait until the season is over.

The unemployed midfielder is keeping himself in shape by training with one of his former clubs, RKC Waalwijk but Sno’s agent Brian Berkleef has confirmed that a host of teams have contacted him looking to hire the former Ajax player.

“There are some clubs interested, but nothing concrete yet, Evander wants to take his time to see what is best for him. He is focusing first on his fitness and that is going very well at this time.”

Termination

The 26-year-old former Ajax and Celtic man was until recently under contract at NEC but his contract was terminated on April 3rd, after the player has a disagreement with coach Alex Pastoor.

Sno clashed with Pastoor when the coach had shown little care for him during his period of absence due to heart problems. Last September, Sno suffered his second on-pitch cardiac arrest of his career, however, due to having a defibrillator fitted, he was able to walk off the pitch. Sno underwent an operation later that month to help him from his heart arrhythmias.

Berkleef added “Evander has now been declared fully fit and no longer needs additional medical supervision and he only needs to undergo the usual checks for professional footballers.”

Choices

The agent has not named the clubs, but says that many Eredivisie and Jupiler Pro League clubs from Belgium have shown interest: “There are many choices for Evander. Whether it’s a Belgian club or a Dutch club? It’s an important decision and that’s why Evander wants to take his time. All these competitions are now ongoing and most clubs will only be serious when the season is over.”

Sno turns up for training daily at RKC and due to this arrangement Sno has been strongly linked with a return to Waalwijk. “Evander has a great love for RKC and knows the possibilities signing for them but he wishes to consider all the options.”

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NEWS: De Boer to stay with Ajax

Frank de Boer is staying in Amsterdam next season

Frank de Boer has announced that he has decided to stay on as head coach of Ajax Amsterdam.

De Boer was quoted as talking to Amsterdam Tv channel AT5 and stated “I will still be with Ajax next year, if they should decide to keep me.”

Ajax have been keen to discuss a new contract with De Boer and wish to extend their deal together until summer 2014. The former Dutch international is now in his third season as head coach of the Amsterdam club.

Marc Overmars, Sporting Director at Ajax spoke to Dutch newspaper AD: “We wish to look to bring new players into the club but not before we negotiate a new deal with Frank. We have already expressed that intent and Frank knows that. Obviously his is the most important deal for us.”

The announcement that De Boer is staying comes just three days after the British press had suggested that De Boer had welcomed reports linking him to Manchester City.

De Boer has led Ajax to two Eredivisie titles since taking charge of the club in 2010, and has been touted as a potential successor to Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium. However, although he has indicated an interest in leading City, De Boer does not appear to be ready to move away from the Netherlands.

“Manchester City would be something I want to do, yes, but it is difficult for me to move my family abroad at the moment and I have to consider others, not just myself.”

Ajax director Marc Overmars added this past weekend talking to ESPN “Am I worried? Not for losing Frank now, but City will be a big competitor for his signature in the near future.”

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NEWS: Adam Maher… Holland’s hottest property!

Adam Maher – wanted by the Premier League’s best

It is no surprise to many following the game in the Netherlands that AZ attacking midfielder Adam Maher is perhaps most coveted Dutch footballer at the moment. 

Earlier this year in the January transfer window, English Premier League clubs knocked on the door of AZ Alkmaar, and now as the season ends and clubs around Europe await the opening of a new window, the English superpowers are ready to rumble throughout the summer for the Ducth international.

The Morrocan-born Oranje star is wanted by Eredivisie giants PSV and Ajax but the top clubs from the Premier League are in the market and they very well may tempt the playmaker to head to the British Isles.

British newspaper The Mirror have reported that Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are some clubs that Maher would like to attract.

In AZ, they are only too well aware of the foreign interest. On Maher, as what happens with many young Dutch talents an excessively high price tag has been slapped on so that AZ can make some major profit. It is rumoured that interested clubs can tempt AZ to sell him for around £15.4m, which is approximately equivalent to €18m.

But which club is the preference for Maher?  Maher himself does not except anything to happen and says to he will wait until the summer. “I look to see which clubs are interested but nothing will be discussed until the summer. “

But as friend of the site, Scottish-based Dutch football expert Peter McVitie added, Maher has said over and over that he wishes to stay in Holland: ‘He has maintained since January that he wants to stay in Eredivisie and, since February, he has made clear that he wants to join one of Ajax or PSV in the summer. He lives in Amsterdam and has praised Ajax several times in recent weeks and he has actually said that he has an idea which club he would prefer to join.’

For Maher, who would like to leave with his ailing club, it is hoped that when he does leave this summer, AZ make as much as they can so they use the funds to be a force in the Eredivisie again.

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NEWS: New deal for Jetro Willems at PSV

PSV technical director Marcel Brands presents Willems with the no.15 shirt
PSV technical director Marcel Brands presents Willems with the no.15 shirt

Left-back Jetro Willems signed a new deal with PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday afternoon to keep him at the Philips Stadion until summer 2017.

Willems joined PSV from Sparta Rotterdam in 2011 and the 19-year-old has rapidly established himself as a first-team regular. At 18 years and 71 days, while representing the Dutch national side, he became the youngest ever player at the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

Willems put pen to paper on the contract extension in the presence of his family, agent and PSV technical director Marcel Brands. Willems made twenty league appearances for PSV in his first season in Eindhoven and is also a key player in the current campaign.

“Things have gone really well very quickly” states Willems. “When I joined PSV from Sparta, my career really started and now I’ve played for my country at the 2012 Euro” said the left-back, beaming with pride, when speaking in an exclusive interview with the official PSV website.

The defender has scored one goal for PSV far, netting an equaliser in the 2-1 win over N.E.C. last season. He has not found the back of the net this season yet, but that does not worry Willems in the least. “I am a defender whose first duty is to defend.” Having signed a new deal, Willems says that winning the title with PSV is his next aim. “We want to be crowned champions and therefore we need a win over Ajax on Sunday” said Willems.

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NEWS: Van de Looi to replace Maaskant at Groningen

Van de Looi recieves his first managerial job at Groningen next season

FC Groningen today announced that Erwin van de Looi will replace Robert Maaskant as head coach at the end of the season, he has signed a two-year contract. It was also stated that Dick Lukkein would be his assistant.

Van de Looi has worked his way up the ranks at Groningen after started as youth team coach in 2008 until 2010 when he became then head coach Peter Huistra’s assistant. After Huistra’s departure he then moved on to Maaskant’s assistant but after last month’s contract negoications, Maaskant has decided to leave.

As a player, Van de Looi was a player and started at the youth academy of Vitesse Arnhem, and went on to make his professional debut at Den Bosch in 1991. Then followed five years at Vitesse, three season at NAC Breda, a yearover in Germany for the Stuttgarter Kickers and finished at FC Groningen. He retired at 30 after sustained injuries.

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