Friday, 24 October 2008

Arsenal & Man City On Alert As Van Basten Admits Future Huntelaar Departure

Arsenal and Manchester City will be alerted to Ajax coach Marco van Basten’s comments about star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who the Dutch legend admits will be hard to keep at the Amsterdam Arena, with a host of top European sides heavily linked with the Dutch International.

Ajax have made a slow start in the Dutch Eredivisie and after being knocked out of the Champions League also lost their opening UEFA Cup Group match against Aston Villa on Thursday. With van Basten fully aware that the current plight of Ajax does not bode well for keeping their talisman in Amsterdam.

Van Basten said: “He is a good centre forward and he has a good nose for goal.

“He has a good left foot and right foot and is a clever player. I hope he will join us for a long time but every year it is becoming more difficult to keep him.”

25-year-old Huntelaar has been at Ajax since joining from SC Heerenveen in 2005 and has scored an incredible 71 goals in 85 appearances for the Dutch side, with it remaining to be seen if the striker will swap Ajax for the Eastlands or the Emirates when the transfer window opens in January. With other European sides sure to have their say in the matter should the Dutchman become available.

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