Van der Wiel: Another year at Ajax isn't punishment

Despite being linked with a move away from Amsterdam this summer, the Dutchman insists that staying at the Eredivisie champions is not an issue
By Floris Koekenbier

Gregory van der Wiel remains open to a move away from Ajax, but isn't ruling out the possibility of extending his current deal at the club, should a transfer not come to fruition.

The Netherlands international featured against NAC on Saturday, producing a performance that pleased him, as the capital outfit strolled to a 5-0 win.

"I thought it went well, after ten minutes we were already leading 2-0, then I got an assist. So yes, I can be satisfied with my own performance. Basically, clubs know by now what I can do. It is important to stay focused for 90 minutes," he explained.

When questioned as to whether it could be said that he had played his last game in an Ajax shirt, by, his answer was not conclusive.

"Everything is still possible. A new contract with Ajax? Yeah, that is also an option, but that will be a topic after September 1. Until then, we look at a transfer. However, there is nothing concrete," he said.

If he were to remain in Amsterdam, Van der Wiel admits that it would not be a nightmare situation.

"I [will] also definitely consider another year at Ajax. If you look at tonight, it is not a punishment. We have a good team and with Niklas [Moisander] and Christian Poulsen we have the necessary experience there."

The 24-year-old did admit however, that it would be difficult to join a potential club after missing pre-season preparations.

"Maybe it is easier if the transfer market closes on August 1, but yes, I don't make the rules."