Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch has said that he hopes to stay at the Dutch side for another season.
Gravenberch has been linked to a move to Liverpool this summer as a direct replacement for his international teammate Georginio Wijnaldum.
However, it looks like any potential deal is dead in the water. The 19-year-old wants to continue his development in Amsterdam for another season at least.
Speaking after being crowned Eredivisie Talent of the Year, Gravenberch told De Telegraaf: “When I started the season I did not expect to play so much.
“My development has been increasing in steps and I have to keep doing that.
“I just have to carry on like this and I have plans to stay at Ajax. Of course, I want to go for another season and show myself again in the next campaign”
Gravenberch’s statement is sure to please many Ajax fans, his father included.
Speaking to Ajax Showtime a few weeks ago, Gravenberch Sr. said: “I want him to fully mature at Ajax, so as far as I’m concerned he will just stay at Ajax. “
Gravenberch a potential superstar but unlikely to end up at Liverpool
The news that Gravenberch is staying at Ajax means that Liverpool will have to look elsewhere for their Wijnaldum replacement.
It is a pity because the Dutch international looks on his way to superstardom.
He is Ajax’s youngest ever Eredivisie player after making his debut aged 16 in 2018.
As mentioned, he won this season’s Eredivisie’s Talent of the Year award.
Gravenberch has also been called up to the Netherlands’ 36-man preliminary Euro 2020 squad. He has a great chance of making the final 26. He has three caps since earning his first game back in March.
The Amsterdam-born teenager is a 6’2″ box-to-box midfielder. He is more than competent in both attack and in defence.
Gravenberch has three goals and five assists in 32 league games this season. He played a huge role in helping Ajax to win their 35th Eredivisie title.
Considering he only turned 19 a few days ago and is already playing at such a high level, Gravenberch looks very likely to become a world-class centre-midfielder.
Perhaps he will become a Liverpool target once again in future. However, they will have to turn their attentions elsewhere this summer.
One thing for sure is that Ryan Gravenberch will have numerous suitors while he remains in Holland.