Eduard Spertsyan was high on Ajax’s list all summer, was particularly appreciated by Sven Mislintat, but the Armenian midfielder from FK Krasnodar ultimately did not come. That was a joint decision, says the technical director in De Telegraaf.
Mislintat was eager to acquire Spertsyan from Krasnodar and also made several bids. However, the Supervisory Board lay down for the transfer, because Ajax does not want to contribute indirectly to the Russian regime, which is waging war in Ukraine.
“The discussion was not about his qualities, but about the fact that he played in Russia,” Mislintat told De Telegraaf . The German is particularly enthusiastic about Spertsyan. “He could have been a great player for us. It’s not like anyone doubts that. He could have played a role for Ajax like Kevin De Bruyne has for Manchester City. He’s a special player and you won’t find one for this money (10 to 15 million euros, ed.) on the market.”
Mislintat is often told that he is completely on his own plan, but according to him, Spertsyan’s failed transfer was ‘good cooperation between the different parts of our club’. “We have the supervisory board, we have the management, we have a kind of technical committee and we discuss. In the end, it is only important what Ajax’s decision was and it was not to take it.”
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