Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has warned Tottenham Hotspur target Frenkie de Jong off a move away from Ajax.
De Jong, 21, has been impressing for his club side and the Holland national team and Tottenham have been linked with a move for the midfielder.
And over the weekend, reports in Spain claimed Tottenham had seen a £44.8million bid to sign De Jong rejected by Ajax.
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claimed Spurs have seen their offer for the player rejected, and it seems certain he will instead move to Barcelona next summer, with the young star eager expressing his wish to further his career by featuring in the Champions League for the Dutch side this season.
And now his compatriot Wijnaldum has suggested that De Jong would be better off staying and developing with Ajax, rather than moving on at such an early stage in his career.
“A lot has been written about him lately, so I’ve been watching how he plays at Ajax. He did exactly the same on the training with us. His way of playing football fits very well with our game,” Wijnaldum told De Telegraaf after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to France in Paris.
“He is doing very well now, but we have often had Dutch players who first played very well, but later became less. Often it is said: he can do this and that he can become so good.
“Frenkie is 21 years old, anything can happen. Maybe he also gets a lesser period if he switches abroad, you also have to look at how that will work out. For now it is good. We hope as a team and actually as the whole of the Netherlands that he will continue to develop.”