‘Schouten discussed at Ajax, but attracted three players for the same money’

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'Schouten discussed at Ajax, but attracted three players for the same money'

Sven Mislintat has put the knife in Ajax’s salary house. The director of football affairs says in an extensive interview with, among others, Voetbal International that the salaries move along with the European stage on which the Amsterdammers act.

Ajax once again had a busy transfer summer. “We made money and we went down in terms of salaries,” Mislintat says to VI, among others. “A new salary structure has also been created, which means that player salaries are reduced when we don’t play in the Champions League.”

This agreement has already been included in all new contracts. “In the coming years, the intention is to include this in all commitments. That is a structure that prepares you for all scenarios, financially sustainable policy is important. It is also important that you let players understand that they have to perform to reach the Champions League. That they then also notice when they succeed or fail, just as we as a club feel.”

Jerry Schouten
Mislintat also refutes the criticism that he has brought too many foreign players to Ajax. “Of course we also looked at the Dutch market, but players must then also be affordable, in terms of transfer fee and salary. Jerdy Schouten was also discussed internally, but when he became available we didn’t have the budget and Edson Álvarez was still there. In the end we have chosen to attract three players in that position with the same money: Branco van den Boomen, Benjamin Tahirovic and Sivert Mannsverk.”

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