Trainer Erik ten Hag hopes that he can keep Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, especially after his hero role against FC Twente, for Ajax this winter. The 37-year-old striker has the opportunity to play for Schalke 04 in the last months of his career.
Huntelaar was the big man in Enschede on Thursday by falling in just before time at a 1-1 score and giving Ajax a 1-3 victory with two goals. After the game, he announced that he still had doubts about a transfer to Schalke, the club where he had played for seven years.
“It is a choice that he has to make, but I hope that he will not go, although I wish Klaas-Jan everything. He has meant so much to Ajax. If he decides to leave, I respect that, but I will do everything to do it. do to keep him in Amsterdam “, Ten Hag said ESPN.
The Ajax coach enjoyed the way in which the experienced Huntelaar came in against FC Twente and thinks that the 76-time international can still be of great value in Amsterdam this season, despite his reserve role.
“His appearance is great. The experience he has is an example for everyone. After his first goal you see how happy he is, but he chases for the second, even if it shot in the calf. He is an example for this. the whole generation of football players who are now arriving. “
Thanks to Huntelaar’s goals, Ajax has three points ahead of Feyenoord and Vitesse as the leader. Rival Feyenoord will be the next opponent in the Johan Cruijff ArenA (kick-off at 4.45 pm) on Sunday.
Erik ten Hag along the line in De Grolsch Veste.