Tagliafico commits to Champions League semifinalist Ajax

Ajax will lose Frenkie de Jong and possibly others at the end of the season, but Nicolas Tagliafico is staying put for another year.

Nicolas Tagliafico has been heavily linked with moves to either Arsenal or Atletico Madrid in the recent weeks.   -  Getty Images

Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico has signed a new contract with Champions League semifinalist Ajax.

Tagliafico, who joined the Eredivisie club from Independiente in January 2018, has established himself as a key man for Ajax in its bid for a sensational treble this season.

The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with moves to either Arsenal or Atletico Madrid at the end of the campaign, but he has indicated that he will stay in Amsterdam for another year after renewing his deal.

Tagliafico's new contract runs until 2022, although he suggested he could move on at the end of 2019-20.

"I want to tell you that I will stay for one more season," the defender said in a video on Ajax's Twitter page. "Hopefully it will be a great year like this year."

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars believes the deal is a sign of the club's ambition.

"This is good for Ajax and a good signal to the group. It shows that we are ambitious for the future," he said.

Goalkeeper Andre Onana, previously linked with Barcelona, has already committed his future to Ajax, although midfielder Frenkie de Jong has agreed a switch to Camp Nou.

The Dutch club leads Tottenham 1-0 after the away leg of its Champions League semifinal, having dumped out holder Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus.

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