Ajax confirm English interest in Chivu
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The talented Romanian centre-back has long been touted as a target for Real Madrid, and Ajax president Michael van Praag has confirmed that the Amsterdam club will not hold the player against his will.
"Footballers are persons, not slaves, and so we won't retain anybody against their will," said van Praag
"Cristian is a great player, and very important for us at the moment, but if he wants to try another experience in Spain, Italy or England we won't impede him.
"His contract with Ajax ends in 2006 and we would love him to stay in Amsterdam, but I repeat that it will be a decision he will take at the end of the season.
"If he wants to go there won't be a problem. We will negotiate with the clubs interested in him."
Van Praag also confirmed that the reigning European champions had been in contact to find out about Chivu's situation.
"Yes, effectively Real Madrid have come to us to find out about Chivu, but I would say they are not the only club interested in him," he added.
"We have had calls from clubs in both Italy and England also."