Van Der Vaart and Sneijder Return to Ajax Unnecessary, Insists De Boer
Manager Frank De Boer has maintained he has no interest in signing up Dutch internationals Rafael van der Vaart or Wesley Sneijder back for Ajax any time soon.
Speculation abound in and around Holland that De Boer could be planning a swoop for the two, but the Dutch tactician has mooted any potential move in the upcoming transfer window, insisting the two icons will not fit his current planned philosophy and playing style for the club.
“I have a lot of respect for them, but in my opinion, they can no longer play in the style we have adapted [with Ajax]. Maybe occasionally, they can,” De Boer told the Algemeen Dagblad.
“In any case, Van der Vaart is still a good playmaker, while Sniejder can still be a smart target man,” De Boer added.
De Boer, however, refused to completely shut his doors of a possibility of the two players coming back with the Eredivisie heavyweights. “Players of their age can still add to a team, with all their experience.”
Van der Vaart and Sneijder both acquired their footballing foundation with Ajax, with the duo rising through the club’s youth ranks. The two eventually became team-mates for the first team in 2002, with a total 121 goals between the two of them during their time with the Amsterdam ArenA outfit.