Blow for Arsenal as defensive target commits future to Ajax

Nicolas Tagliafico

The left-back has been one of the key figures behind his team’s surge to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in Tuesday’s first leg.

Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are among the teams who have been credited with an interest in the Argentina international, but he appeared on Ajax’s social media channels on Friday to assure fans he will still be in Amsterdam next season.

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“Hello fans, how are you?,” he said.

“I want to tell you that I will stay for one more season.

“Hopefully it will be a great year, like it is this year. A hug to all of you.”

The 26-year-old has made 42 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring five goals.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.