KOEMAN AGREES ON CHIVU CLASS
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Koeman has tried to lure the talented defender to Gelredome but teams in Italy and England are also after Chivu (pictured) and there is the small matter of the Dutch coach's former club, Barcelona showing interest.
Speaking about Chivu, Koeman said: "Chivu is without doubt the best player at Ajax, which is saying he is one of the shining lights of Dutch football.
"He is a left-sided player who can also play in midfield. He is a magnificent header of the ball, is brave and has a great jump.
"He handles the ball with authority and security, he is a technician."
When asked who he would compare the player to, the current Barcelona left back Sergi came swiftly to mind.
Koeman said: "They are similar in some things and different in others. They are very similar in their offensive mentality that they exhibit.
"Both were born to attack, both are good at carrying the ball from the back but Chivu has a more powerful shot.
"As he is only 20 he can still improve much more, his projection is extraordinary."