Manchester United’s search for Mohammed Kudus suffered a setback after the Ajax star revealed his desire to stay with the Dutch giants, according to De Telegraaf.
The 22-year-old Ghana international has been in impressive form of late, scoring six goals and providing two assists in his last eight Eredivisie games. This has led to growing speculation that he could end up at Old Trafford this summer, and United boss Erik ten Hag would be interested in adding him to his squad.
However, Kudus has now expressed his satisfaction at Ajax and even hinted at signing a contract extension.
When asked by De Telegraaf about his future and the possibility of extending his stay in Amsterdam, Kudus replied:
“I am very happy at Ajax at the moment, but I will be even happier if we win the double. Why wouldn’t you want to renew? I play and develop well. Now it is about negotiation and valuation”.
He also emphasized that he is only focused on the title race right now and that his agent is handling the contract extension negotiations. He added:
“When the time is right, we’ll see how it goes. But that will have to be conducted with my agent. I want to fully concentrate on the title race.”
Kudus also revealed his disappointment that Ajax blocked a potential move to Everton last summer, but insisted that he was “fully focused on being back at Ajax” as soon as the window closed.
“The fact that Ajax blocked a transfer to Everton last summer disappointed me. I thought it was time for a new chapter in my career, because I wasn’t playing here. But the moment the transfer window closed, my attention turned back to Ajax.”
The news comes as a blow to Manchester United, who have reportedly overseen Kudus as a potential signing to provide cover and competition for Antony and Jadon Sancho.
However, with the Ghanaian apparently content at Ajax and focused on helping the club defend its Eredivisie title, it remains to be seen if United will continue their search or turn their attention elsewhere.
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The 22-year-old striker has impressed for Ajax, scoring 23 goals and registering nine assists in 77 appearances since joining Danish side FC Nordsjaelland in the summer of 2020.
The Eredivisie giants are keen to tie Kudus to a long-term contract, which would also serve as a deterrent to potential suitors. Kudus has expressed his willingness to stay in Amsterdam despite active interest from former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, who now runs English club Manchester United as his manager.