Pantelic future unclear
Ajax's Marko Pantelic wants to sign a long-term contract extension, but may not reach an agreement.
Last Updated: 18/02/10 5:55pm
Ajax forward Marko Pantelic wants to sign a long-term contract extension, but manager Martin Jol is not prepared to break his 'over-30s rule'.
The Serbian's current deal expires in the summer and after arriving from Hertha Berlin last summer he is keen to stay at the Amsterdam Arena, however, he may struggle to secure the terms he desires.
Pantelic, 31, wants guarantees over his future in the latter stages of his career and he is understood to want a four-year deal.
The striker, who was linked with Everton and Wigan in the past, insists money is not a motivating factor and claims he could have trebled his earnings in England.
But Pantelic may have reached an impasse with Jol, as the forward told Voetbal International: "They know what I want. The decision is up to the club.
"I have a one-year contract with Ajax. That was not about money because I could have earned three times more in England. This year I accepted the present conditions.
"But for a longer stay at Ajax I need different terms. The finances will play a role at this stage of my career and I no longer want short-term contracts."
Pantelic, though, is not sure he will be offered the contract he wants and admits he could leave the Dutch giants.
"The question is whether Ajax needs me. It would not surprise me if our partnership ends after this season."
Jol, who is preparing his side for a Europa League meeting with Juventus, wants to retain Pantelic, but, in an identical policy to that which Arsene Wenger implements at Arsenal, is not prepared to offer a player over the age of 30 a long-term deal.
"We would like to keep Marko," said the former Tottenham boss. "But we know we are limited in our negotiations.
"It is also our policy that we only offer long-term contracts to youngsters, not to players who have passed thirty and would probably not generate much transfer money."