Ajax Pay Tribute to Nouri After Eredivisie Title Win

Jose Verdugo
May 18, 2019

Ajax Amsterdam secured their 34th Eredivisie title and a domestic double with victory over De Graafschap on the final day of the season on Wednesday evening.

"A lot of guys have played several games with him".

Ajax had been neck-and-neck with PSV over the last few weeks, but made all but sure of the title on Sunday when they beat Utrecht while defending champions PSV lost.

Ajax have been a revelation this season and have caught the eye of Europe's elite clubs on their surging run to the semi-finals of the Champions League where they were dramatically between in the final seconds by Tottenham.

Midfielder Frenkie De Jong will leave for Barcelona in the summer for an initial 75 million euros ($89 million), while center-back Matthijs de Ligt, who sent Juventus packing with a bullet header in the quarter finals, could follow his teammate to Catalonia.

Even as title victor, Ajax must again enter the Champions League qualifying rounds, needing to eliminate two opponents to reach the lucrative group stage.

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"It's important that he'll get playing time", Stam, who is coach at PEC Zwolle and set to take over Feyenoord from next season, told DAZN. But in Europe? I can not say right now.

Matthijs de Ligt is expecting the Blaugrana to better his contract offer on the insistence of super-agent Mino Raiola.

Their European adventure ended in gut-wrenching style last week, when Lucas Moura's 96th-minute strike for Spurs saw Ajax throw away a 3-0 aggregate lead and miss out on a trip to Madrid on away goals.

Signing de Ligt would have been a great addition to the Liverpool squad but Jurgen Klopp's side already has a world-class defensive department, headed by another Netherlands defender Virgil Van Dijk.

Barcelona, though, remain confident of tying up the deal to sign De Ligt before the transfer window is officially open for business.

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