AZ aim to keep stars
By Martijn Prins
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marcel Brands has dismissed reports that a host of AZ's stars are set to leave.
AZ Alkmaar technical director Marcel Brands has dismissed reports that a host of the club's stars are set to leave the Dutch club.
Oranje World Cup players Tim de Cler and Joris Mathijsen, along with fellow defender Barry Opdam, have been linked with an exit from Alkmaarder Hout.
Left back de Cler has been rumoured to be lining up a move to Eredivisie rivals Feyenoord, but the player's agent has laughed off the transfer talk.
"I laughed about it and so did Tim," said Karel Jansen.
Feyenoord are also supposed to be tracking Opdam, with Mathijsen a target for Uefa Cup winners Sevilla, but Brands says all three are part of AZ's long term plans and have been offered new contracts.
"For all three counts we don't want to lose them," said Brands.
"De Cler, Opdam and Mathijsen have got a new offer to sign a longer contract at AZ."
One player who could leave the progressive club is Dutch World Cup squad member Kew Jaliens, as the defender has received an offer from Bayer Leverkusen.
However Brands has revealed the German outfit have gone quiet in their pursuit of the right back.
"We told them what he'll have to cost and after that we didn't hear anything," Brands added.
AZ are keen to trim their squad with 28 first team members currently employed, and as a result Adil Ramzi, Pius Ikedia and Danny Mathijssen are all available for transfer.
The club are also keen to see Kemy Augustien and Haris Medunjanin land a loan deal for the coming season.