June 22, 2015 08:59:15 UK
Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has said he expects his club Ajax “to make it really difficult” for him to join Manchester United.
The 26-year-old has emerged as the number one target to replace David de Gea if he quits Old Trafford to join suitors Real Madrid this summer. The Nijmegen-born stopper saw his stock rise following an impressive World Cup in Brazil last year and manager Louis van Gaal knows him well from his time in charge of the national side.
“Frank de Boer has been very clear when he received questions about my transfer – he wants to block it.”
Cillessen, who has also been linked with Bayern Munich, revealed the Amsterdam giants are not prepared to sell him.
“The Ajax management are going to make it really difficult when the interest becomes concrete,” Cillessen is quoted as telling The Daily Mirror.
“If I had planned to leave, I would not have signed a new contract until 2018.
“My old contract was expiring in the summer of 2016 and in that case this summer would have been the perfect moment to leave.
“[Ajax coach] Frank de Boer has been very clear when he received questions about my transfer – he wants to block it.”
Old Trafford officials are hoping an offer in the region of £20million will be enough to persuade the Eredivisie club to sell and Cillessen said last year’s World Cup was a turning point in his career.
“Since the World Cup in Brazil the whole world has changed for me. It says something about my status that I am now linked to such big clubs,” the Dutchman said.
“I can’t walk in public anymore. I can’t sit in a restaurant without being asked for photos and autographs.”
Manchester United are currently priced 6.00 to win next season’s Premier League and quoted 1.25 to secure a top-four finish.
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