Luque unhappy with Van Basten
Albert Luque's father and agent claims Ajax coach Marco van Basten has gone back on his word.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 06/08/08 12:44pm
Albert Luque has been made to train with the Ajax second team, with his father and agent claiming coach Marco van Basten has gone back on his word.
Van Basten has made it clear which players he wants to leave the club before the transfer window closes and Luque is on the list.
But the former Newcastle United flop's father Rafael is surprised by the situation following a meeting he had with Van Basten last week.
"The last time that we spoke was only last week," he told Marca. "Then the coach said that Albert was a very important member of the squad and that he had plenty more to give the team.
Makes no sense
"But unfortunately in football, what is one colour one day can always be different the next.
"We understand that Ajax want to build a squad with players of 20 or 21 because that is the philosophy of the club. We respect that approach, but it makes no sense to make a player that did so well last season now train with the second team.
"Nobody at the club has contacted Albert and officially told him that he will be training with them anyway, so tomorrow he will be going to work with the first team. Then we will see what happens."
Van Basten is keen to trim his squad and also wants to offload Kennedy Bakircioglu, Leonardo, George Ogararu and Dennis Rommedahl, although the quartet will remain with the first-team squad.
"We have been back at work for three weeks and all the players have had their chance," Van Basten said. "That time has allowed us to have an idea of what we want and now we know what the squad will be.
"The transfer market closes at the end of the month and I expect the matter of those players that we do not count on to be solved because my plan is to have just 24 to work with."