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Ajax’s Onana gets ‘a year’ ban for ‘doing this’ on field.

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This is a terrible setback, for Andre himself but certainly also for us as a club.

Ajax have confirmed that goalkeeper Andre Onana has been suspended by UEFA for 12 months for a doping violation.

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The club say the banned substance Furosemide was detected in the Cameroonian keeper’s urine. They say they will appeal the suspension on the grounds that the goalkeeper ingested the substance innocently and unknowingly.

Andre Onana has been hit with a lengthy ban | BSR Agency/Getty Images

An Ajax statement reads: “The disciplinary body of the European football association, UEFA, has imposed a suspension of 12 months on Andre Onana for a doping violation. After an ‘out of competition’ check on October 30 last year, the goalkeeper found the substance Furosemide in his urine.

“The suspension is effective from today and applies to all football activities, both national and international.”

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“Onana and Ajax will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).”

In an attempt to explain how Onana came to ingest the substance, the statement added: “On the morning of 30 October, Onana was feeling unwell. He wanted to take a pill to ease the discomfort.

“Unknowingly, however, he took Lasimac, a drug that his wife had previously been prescribed. Onana’s confusion resulted in him mistakenly taking his wife’s medicine, ultimately causing this measure to be taken by UEFA against the goalkeeper. Furthermore, the disciplinary body of the football association has stated that Onana had no intention of cheating.”

Sporting director Edwin Van der Sar added: “We explicitly renounce performance-enhancing drugs, we obviously stand for a clean sport. This is a terrible setback, for Andre himself but certainly also for us as a club.

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“Andre is a top goalkeeper, who has proven his worth for Ajax for years and is very popular with the fans.

“We had hoped for a conditional suspension or for a suspension much shorter than these twelve months, because it was arguably not intended to strengthen his body and thus improve his performance.”

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Record Breaking Final Score: Venlo 0-13 Ajax

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Five goals from Lassina Traore and two from Jurgen Ekkelenkamp helped Ajax complete an Eredivisie-record 13-0 win over VVV Venlo on Saturday.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag said: “Compliments to the team. They were hungry — 13-0, a very good victory indeed, a new record. VVV has shown this season that they are capable of getting good results, we’ve seen that this season already, but it is our accomplishment. We have forced this ourselves.

Venlo were reduced to 10 men on 52 minutes when Christian Kum was sent off after the video assistant referee upgraded his yellow card for violent conduct to a red.


However, the damage had already been done at this stage, with Ajax 4-0 up thanks to two goals from Traore and additional scores from Ekkelenkamp and Dusan Tadic.

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Venlo further collapsed after the sending off with four Ajax goals in five minutes from Traore, Anthony, Ekkelenkamp and Daley Blind.

Traore added his fourth on 54 minutes, and two goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on 74 and 76 minutes took it to 11-0.

With 12 minutes left, Lisandro Martinez made it 12-0 before Traore added his fifth of the game on 87 minutes.

VVV Venlo boss Hans de Koning said: “I really don’t have much to say. A total off day. We had too much respect for Ajax. We have it made too easy. We have failed. But no one passed away today. It is a match. We have lost. And it is a historic loss, but we need to take it as a man. Head up, chest out.”

The previous record for biggest scoreline in the Eredivisie was also held by Ajax, who beat Vitesse 12-1 in 1972.

The win sends Ajax to the top of the Eredivisie after losing to Liverpool in the Champions League during the week.


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Van der Sar Makes Clearance On Van de beek’s future at ajax

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Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar has confirmed midfielder Donny van de Beek will be allowed to leave the club in the next transfer window but only for a suitable fee.

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Tottenham, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all been linked with Van de Beek, who played a key role in Ajax reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

Ajax have already agreed to sell Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea in a £33.3m deal and Van der Sar insists the Dutch club are under no pressure to sell cheaply, despite the financial impact of coronavirus.

“Last year, we made verbal agreements with [Andre] Onana, [Nicolas] Tagliafico and Van de Beek to stay another season, and then we look to help each other and find the next step in their careers. Nothing has changed,” said Van der Sar.

“There won’t be a 50 per cent discount. The clubs can forget about that.”

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Ajax made more than £130m in last summer’s transfer market after selling Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt to Barcelona and Juventus, respectively.

Van der Sar believes Ajax can continue to demand significant fees for players despite the current uncertainty over transfers.

“In January last year, people said we were going to lose seven or eight players but we lost only two key members,” Van der Sar added.

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“The big clubs such as Bayern Munich have said the benchmark fee will go down in the next few transfer windows. But it’s easier for them to say because they are the buyers.

“Of course, the 150m-200m euros transfers are gone. But I think there is still a lot of value for players who come from Ajax.

“Well educated, experienced in winning and playing European football.”


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Erik Ten Hag’s Perspective On Messi “Then And Now”

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Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has said that Barcelona star Lionel Messi has not reached the same level since Pep Guardiola left Camp Nou in 2012.

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Since Guardiola left Barcelona have won the Champions League just once in eight seasons, with Messi winning the Ballon d’Or two times in that timeframe – though Barca have won La Liga five times during that span.

Ten Hag believes that during Guardiola’s reign, Messi was able to be more of a team player and under subsequent coaches, the Argentine has seen his level dip at times below where it was under the Spaniard’s reign.

“Messi was one of the leaders, but he also worked for the team and excelled as a result. He has never been as good as under Guardiola,” Ten Hag told Voetbal International.

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“Barcelona has not won much in European terms in recent years either.

“Messi still excels, but now also occasionally goes through the lower limit. It was never like that under Guardiola.

“Pep has guts, he dares to be pioneering and innovative.”

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Barca & Chelsea target Onana admits he wants to leave Ajax

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Andre Onana confirmed he wanted to leave Ajax, saying he was ready “to take a step” amid links with a move to Barcelona.

Onana, 24, has starred during the past four seasons with the Eredivisie giants, where he arrived from Barca in 2015.

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The Cameroon goalkeeper has attracted interest from across Europe, with Barcelona, Chelsea and Tottenham among the clubs linked with a move for the shot-stopper.

Onana, who is contracted at Ajax until 2022, said he was ready to make a move.

“Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy with Ajax and I am very grateful to the club,” he told AD on Tuesday.

“It was five great years here, but now my time has come to take a step. We made that appointment last year.

“I don’t yet know what will happen, but my ambitions and agreements are clear.”

Earlier this month, Onana revealed Barca felt like ‘home’ and he would be open to a Camp Nou return .

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“It’s hard to say because with Barcelona, I am still in very good relations with the president, the coaches,” Onana told Canal+ Afrique.

“As I said earlier, Barca is my home. If I have to go back, I will go back. But today we are still far from it. I’m the Ajax goalkeeper and we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.

“I only take care of the ball game, what happens at the stadium. The rest are my agents who manage.”


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OFFICIAL: Eredivisie season canceled & there will be no champion & relegation


The Holland top flight’s title will be left vacant with the season scrapped due to disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Both Ajax and AZ Alkmaar were level on points at the top of the Eredivisie, but neither will be crowned champions. Ajax will go enter the Champions League playoffs with AZ Alkmaar with playing in the qualifiers.PSX_20200424_200825
Promotion and relegation have also been axed – with Cambuur, who were 11 points clear at the top of the second tier, sensationally missing out.

Clubs were afforded a vote to decide the outcome of the campaign, with 16 choosing to enable promotion and relegation for the Eredivisie.
However, a further nine sides voted against their competitors being allowed to move into different leagues, with nine more abstaining from the vote entirely and believing that the Dutch FA should decide.

The KNVB then ultimately opted to ensure that clubs will remain in their current divisions for when football does resume in the country.

ADO Den Haag and RKC Waalwijk have subsequently avoided the drop after the drastic action taken by the Dutch federation.
The governing body had initially revealed that it would not explore the option of increasing the top division to 20 teams for next season.PSX_20200424_200846

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has banned professional football until September in the face of the current health emergency.

The Eredivisie becomes the first major European league to be cancelled due to the pandemic, with questions certain to be raised over whether other competitions across the continent will follow suit.


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Ziyech free to join Chelsea in June with Eredivisie set to be cancelled


The Dutch season is set to be cancelled on Friday clearing one obstacle to Hakim Ziyech’s move from Ajax to Chelsea.
Eredivisie clubs are expected to agree to finish their season early after the Dutch government extended a ban on all major events due to the coronavirus pandemic until September 1.

With no subsequent extension to the season players who were set to leave their Dutch clubs at the end of the campaign will then be free to move on, as anticipated, on June 30 because of the premature finish.

Chelsea agreed a £36.6million deal with Ajax for attacking midfielder Ziyech, 27, in February.

July 1 was stated as his joining date when Frank Lampard’s first signing was announced. With the possibility that the delayed Premier League campaign will still be ongoing at that point though, other issues will still need to be resolved.

A delay to the Premier League and therefore the opening of the next transfer window may lead to further discussions about when the deal can officially go through.
Ziyech will not be able to play for Chelsea this season and it is thought to be unlikely that he will be asked to report for duty if Lampard’s squad are still in training to complete the current season.

Chelsea plan to discuss a suitable start date when the situation becomes clearer with the Moroccan international and his representatives.

Meanwhile, Eredivisie clubs will also discuss various proposals for how they will settle on their final league positions which will impact Alan Pardew’s ADO Den Haag who are second bottom in the standings.


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Donnarumma could leave Milan to join Man Utd or Ajax for free


AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma could have joined Manchester United or Ajax on a free transfer, according to a report.
During Adriano Galliani’s long interview with Telelombardia on Wednesday night, the former Milan CEO spoke about Donnarumma and his agent Mino Raiola.

“I have always worked well with Raiola. He has taken very rich commissions, but with me he has always behaved correctly,” he said (via MilanNews).

A shock revelation then came from the current Monza chief as he revealed: “Raiola had the chance to take Gigio away from Milan to zero Lire twice.”

According to what MilanNews report further down in the article, Ajax and – above all – Manchester United were the two teams that the young goalkeeper could have signed for on a free transfer if Raiola had his way.

This situation happened before his senior debut back in October 2015, when he was chosen to start aged just 16 years old and helped the Rossoneri secure a 2–1 victory after three matches without a win.

Milan are facing another dilemma regarding Donnarumma’s future as his contract expires in June 2021, so the Rossoneri have to either find a way to agree a renewal before the start of next season (whenever that may be) or sell him in the upcoming window so the 21-year-old doesn’t leave for free.

Interestingly, Manchester United are one of the teams that have been linked, though now it is reported he would cost around €50m.


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Ajax star Tagliafico is an option for Barca if Junior Firpo leaves


Ajax promise that club would let Tagliafico leave this summer. Barça has already spoken several times with his agent, according to MD.

Nicolas Tagliafico is an option for Barça if Junior Firpo leaves. Last year he was close to signing for Atlético but stayed at Ajax with the promise of Overmars that he will let him out this summer. Barça has already spoken several times with his agent Ricardo Schlieper.


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Dutch club Willem II ‘still waiting on millions from Barcelona’ for De Jong deal


Willem II director Martin van Geel has confirmed the club are still waiting for millions from Frenkie de Jong’s move to Barcelona.

Ajax sold De Jong to Barcelona for around €86 million in the summer, which means Willem II are due around €8.5 million because of a resale percentage.


Speaking to Brabants Dagblad, Martin van Geel spoke about the financial uncertainty that Willem II have due to the coronavirus outbreak, “If the virus had broken out two years ago, we would have been much worse financially and sportively. But it is still hard work to keep the club afloat.”

Van Geel expects that FIFA will help ensure Barcelona pays them what is due and spoke about the absurdity at the top of football, “After two weeks of no football, Barcelona asked if the players wanted to hand in seventy percent of their salary.


A few days later, it was announced that according to some media, the club has 100 million euros and a salary of seven million euros left for Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan. It represents the absurdity of top football. It would be nice if that normalised. “

Willem II are also waiting on money from Dynamo Kiev for Fran Sol, and from Aucas for Diego Palacios.


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Ziyech will overcome challenges at Chelsea, say Former coaches


Hakim Ziyech will “beat the next challenge” presented to him at Chelsea, according to his former coaches at FC Twente, with the highly-rated winger expected to be a €40 million (£33m/$43m) success story for the Blues.

Those at Stamford Bridge have moved to put a big-money deal in place for the Morocco international, with an agreement struck with Ajax set to be pushed through over the summer.


Premier League heavyweights believe they are acquiring one of European football’s top creative influences, with goals and assists aplenty having been delivered by Ziyech during his time in the Netherlands.

Questions have been asked of whether he can handle the rigours of life in England, with his game needing to be taken to even greater heights.


Boudewijn Pahlpatz and Hans de Jong are, however, convinced that the 26-year-old will welcome the opportunity to silence any doubters and prove that his skill set can easily be transferred from the Eredivisie to any other top division.

Pahlpatz, who worked with Ziyech at Twente, told Sky Sports: “He has played in the Eredivisie for seven or eight years now and knows all about Holland.


“The step to the Premier League will do him good. He will be playing with the best players every day and that is a new challenge for him. I think he will do well there.

“He will have to get used to the amount of games and the physical side but in the end he will succeed, for sure.”


De Jong added: “They are still saying that he has a problem with his physicality.

“That is what everybody is saying right now but they were saying the same when he came from the academy at Heerenveen. They said the same when he went to Twente – problem with his physicality. Same thing at Ajax. So I don’t think it’s a problem.


“I have absolutely no doubts. He is going to beat the next challenge.”

Ziyech netted 21 times for Ajax across all competitions last season, with the target found on eight occasions in 2019-20 alongside a stunning haul of 21 assists.

Frank Lampard has bought into those qualities and will be looking to add them to an attacking pot in west London which already includes the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.


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Onana: Barcelona is my home and if I have to go back, I’ll go back


Andre Onana has responded to speculation linking him with a return to Barcelona in the future.

The goalkeeper spent time in Barcelona’s academy before leaving for Ajax in 2015, where he has become Erik ten Hag’s first choice.


“It’s difficult to know,” Onana told Canal+ Sport Africa about his future.

“Barcelona is my home and, if I have to go back, I’ll go back.

“But we’re far off from that.

“I’m the Ajax goalkeeper and we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”


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Man City ‘scouting 17-year-old Ajax and Holland wonderkid Sontje Hansen’


Manchester City ‘are keeping tabs on £6million-rated Ajax wonderkid Sontje Hansen’ who impressed for Holland at last year’s Under-17 World Cup in Brazil.

The 17-year-old forward scored six times at the tournament to claim the Golden Boot, including a last-16 hat-trick against Nigeria, and has also played twice for Ajax’s first team.


According to NobleSports Reliable Source, City have been scouting the teenager and with his Ajax contract set to expire in the summer of 2021, believe they can sign him for around £6m.

His Ajax first-team debut came in December last year in a Dutch Cup fixture against Telstar and Hansen made his Eredivisie debut with 15 minutes off the bench in a 6-1 thrashing of Den Haag four days later.


Hansen has represented Holland at each age group from under-15 to under-18 standard.

He scored three goals in their victorious Under-17 European Championship tournament in the Republic of Ireland last year, including one in a 5-2 group stage win over England in Dublin.


And Hansen excelled at the Under-17 World Cup in Brazil last October and November, scoring six goals on Holland’s run to a semi-final exit on penalties to Mexico.

His performances attracted the attention of the Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, who sent him a private message of encouragement during the tournament.


Predominantly a centre-forward who can also play in the wide attacking areas, Hansen features plenty of attributes that would appeal to Pep Guardiola.

But City could face competition from Italian trio Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus, plus German club RB Leipzig, who are also monitoring him


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Ajax goalkeeper Onana open to Barcelona return amid PSG interest


Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has not ruled out the possibility of returning to Barcelona amid reports that PSG are interested in his services.

According to L’Equipe, the Parisians are keeping tabs on the 24-year-old Cameroon International, but such a move could be complicated by the presence of Kaylor Navas, his understudy Sergio Rico, on loan from Sevilla and Alphonse Areola, on loan at Navas’ former club Real Madrid.


Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Onana, with regular goalie Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future also a topic of speculation.

“It’s hard to say because with FC Barcelona, I am still in very good relations with the president, the coaches,” Onana told Canal+ Afrique.


“As I said earlier, Barca is my home. If I have to go back, I will go back. But today we are still far from it. I’m the Ajax goalkeeper and we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.

“I only take care of the ball game, what happens at the stadium. The rest are my agents who manage.”


Onana started out his career at youth level with Barcelona in 2010 before moving to Ajax in 2014 where he has been the mainstay since the 2016-17 season, playing 178 times in all competitions and keeping 74 clean sheets.

He was a key figure in Ajax’s run to the semi-finals of the Champions League in the 2018-19 season.


Barcelona meanwhile are continuing to negotiate a new contract with their current first choice goalkeeper, Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Sources close to the Catalan outfit revealed to Goal last month that Ter Stegen is looking to land an annual salary of around €15 million a year (£13m/$17m). That wage packet would position him among the top earners at Camp Nou, with only captain Lionel Messi above him.


The 27-year-old believes that, after six years with the club, he deserves to have pay parity with the likes of Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and former favourite Andres Iniesta.

Barca are not questioning his value to their cause, but they cannot afford to dig that deep when Financial Fair Play regulations are taken into account.


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Real Madrid looking to sign ‘The New Kaka’ Igor Gomes from Sao Paulo

alongside Barcelona, Sevilla, and Ajax


Barcelona, Sevilla and Ajax have also been monitoring the progress of 21-year-old Igor Gomes

Real Madrid have spent the last few years cultivating strong relationships with leading Brazilian clubs through the work of Juni, one of the region’s top scouts.


So far he has succeeded in bringing three of the country’s brightest prospects to the club in quick succession, with Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Reinier all arriving at the Bernabeu on his recommendation.

According to AS, Juni’s latest suggestion is 21-year-old playmaker Igor Gomes, who came through the Sao Paulo youth system to make his debut in 2018.


A tall yet slight playmaker, with excellent touch and technical ability, Gomes has often been compared to Kaka, including by the man himself.

Both started their careers at Sao Paulo, but it remains to be seen whether Gomes will follow in Kaka’s footsteps by going to Real Madrid.


Although Kaka’s career peaked during his six-year spell at AC Milan, where he won the Serie title and the Champions League under Carlo Ancelotti, as well as the Ballon d’Or, he moved to Madrid for £56million in 2009.

Gomes has a £44million release clause in his Sao Paulo contract and interest from several European clubs, including Barcelona, Sevilla and Ajax.

The competition for young players from South America continues to be fierce, and they are often spirited away soon after breaking into the first team. Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Reinier are prime examples, having all joined Real while still teenagers.

Gomes was a relatively bloomer, in contrast. The Brazilian youth international, who has yet to play for the senior team, is under contract until 2023.


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Serie A: Lyon ended Juve’s 22 games unbeaten streak


In the intervening 24 years, Juventus has reached the European Cup final five times and lost five times.

That’s one of the reasons the Serie A side recruited Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 128 goals in the Champions League and won the tournament once with Manchester United and four times with Real Madrid.

But Lyon had the measure of Ronaldo in this game, crowding him out as Juventus struggled to find their rhythm, especially in the first half.

The home side made a nervy start, but led by the artistry of Houssem Aouar in midfield — at one point the 21-year-old cheekily nutmegged Paulo Dybala — Lyon were deservedly ahead at the break.

Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to extend his remarkable Champions League record in Lyon.

Aouar created the goal, crossing for Lucas Tousart who provided an acrobatic finish. The goal was enough to hand Lyon its first ever win over Juve and ended the Italian club’s manager Maurizio Sarri 22-match unbeaten run in European games.

Last season Sarri coached Chelsea, guiding the Premier League team to victory in the Europa league.

“We always thought we were capable of unsettling Juventus and we did just that with a lot of desire,” Aouar told uefa.com.
When Tousart scored, Juve were playing with 10 men with Matthijs de Ligt off the pitch receiving treatment for a bloody head wound.

Juventus improved in the second half but Dybala miscued with a of shots and when he did find the net, the Argentine was marginally offside.

Lyon also defended superbly, keeping a close eye on Ronaldo and bravely blocking on the rare occasions Juve had the opportunity to shoot.

“We were second to every ball in the first half — I don’t know why,” Leonardo Bonucci told uefa.com. “Something went wrong with our approach, I could sense from before kick off that something had not switched on.

“We were all far from each other in the first half, making everything easy for Lyon. We need to work hard ahead of the return leg because we cannot afford another game like this in Turin.”

Lucas Tousart scores Lyon’s winning goal against Juventus.

In last season’s Champions League round of 16 stage, Juventus were beaten 2-0 by Atletico Madrid in the first leg, before a Ronaldo hat-trick secured the Serie A team a place in the quarterfinals, before it was knocked out by Ajax.

“We believe in ourselves,” Juve midfielder Aaron Ramsey told uefa.com. “With our fans right behind us, we can progress through to the next stages.”

The good news for Juve is that Ronaldo’s goalscoring record in the knockout stages is unparallelled.

According to statistics provider Opta, of the seven players with 50+ goals competition, Ronaldo is the only one to have scored more goals in the knockout stages (65) than in the group phase (63).

The second leg will take place at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on March 17.


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Barcelona Tracks Ajax Goalkeeper André Onana


Barcelona are monitoring Andre Onana, of Ajax, as they explore options to replace back up goalkeeper Neto – while Chelsea also retain interest in the Cameroon international.

The Blues’ goalkeeping situation has been the subject of much debate in recent weeks after manager Frank Lampard dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga following a series of underwhelming performances.


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The Spaniard did not return to the lineup for the 2-0 loss to Manchester United, fuelling reports a new goalkeeper could arrive in the summer. One such candidate is Onana, and Sport believe that Chelsea are leading the race to sign the Cameroon international.

This is not the first time that Onana has been mentioned as a potential option for Chelsea. A previous report suggested the 23-year-old had expressed an interest in moving to Stamford Bridge, with a deal likely to cost around the €40m mark.dutch eredivisie”ajax amsterdam v rkc waalwijk”


However, that figure could increase if other sides choose to try sign Onana as well, and Sport certainly believe that could be the case.

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The main focal point of the article is Barcelona’s interest in the goalkeeper. La Blaugrana are thought to be uncertain whether current backup Neto is good enough for the club, and they are said to have already reached out to Onana, who spent five years in Barcelona’s academy between 2010 and 2015.


Sport even add that it is Onana’s dream to be Barcelona’s starting goalkeeper, and he would be prepared to accept a secondary role as it would give him a chance to prove himself.

There is also thought to be interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, but Chelsea are believed to be ahead of the rest of the pack.


A move to Chelsea would certainly make sense. It seems like Lampard is unconvinced by Arrizabalaga – so much so that he is reported to have clashed with Chelsea officials over his reluctance to use the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.

If Chelsea do decide to move on from Arrizabalaga, Onana certainly appears to be a viable option, and it would not be the first piece of business between the clubs, with Hakim Ziyech set to join the Blues in the summer.


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Hakim Ziyech is a Blue!

Ziyech is known to be one of manager Frank Lampard’s top targets and it looks as though he is now set for a move to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Chelsea have agreed a £40million deal for Ajax star Hakim Ziyech.


Boss Frank Lampard was desperate to land the Moroccan forward in January and was disappointed to not to get him in before the transfer window closed.

However, he is now set to get his man this summer despite the fact Ziyech only penned a new three-year contract with the Dutch giants at the end of last season.

Dutch newspaper Der Telegraaf claims that Chelsea must finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League to land him.


But the deal has been agreed by all parties and Lampard will be delighted that his squad will be strengthened after the club failed to bring in any new blood last month.

At the time he said: “Some things are not in my control. My first thought as always is what happens on the training pitch. It’s clear that we wanted to bring players in.

“I certainly wanted to bring players in. I think I’ve made that pretty clear over the last few weeks and it hasn’t happened.”


It is believed the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal were also tracking Ziyech, but the Blues have moved quickly to snap him up.

The 26-year-old has been at Ajax since 2016 but only really grabbed the attentions of Europe’s elite teams last season, when he performed admirably against the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus and scored against Tottenham in the semi-final second leg.


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Details of Bayern Munich’s January Bid to Sign Ajax Youngster Sergiño Dest


Bayern Munich attempted to sign Ajax full-back Sergiño Dest in the January transfer window, but the German champions saw their bid rejected.

Dest came through the Dutch champions’ academy and spent the 2018/2019 season with the club’s reserve side, Jong Ajax. He made his first league appearance for the senior side this season, and having made just 14 appearances in the Eredivisie, the youngster has shown enough promise to alert the attentions of Bayern.

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Real Madrid agree Donny van de beek’s deal from Ajax


Spanish giants, Real Madrid have reportedly agreed a €55million (£47m) deal with Ajax to sign highly-rated Dutch midfielder, Donny van de Beek.

The Ajax star has been one of Europe’s most wanted midfielders following his impressive performances at the Champions League last season.

According to Marca, a deal has been agreed to take the 22-year-old to the Bernabeu but he will not arrive until next summer. It was also claimed in the report that at least one current Real player will be shown the door to make space for Van de Beek.


Van de Beek’s impending arrival in Spain comes as a blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who wanted to sign the Dutchman for Manchester United.

The update comes after Van de Beek revealed he was not going to leave Ajax anytime soon.

Dutch midfielder, Donny van de Beek.


Speaking during Ajax’s mid-season training camp in Qatar, the playmaker said: ‘I have said it before and I will say it again: I will remain at Ajax this season. And maybe next season as well.

‘These reports about Real Madrid or Manchester United are a good sign, but it is not important now. I’ve said I will stay at Ajax and I will do so, 100 percent.’


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