Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Saar has suggested Davinson Sanchez should have stayed with the Dutch club this summer instead of joining Tottenham.

The former Manchester United goalkeeper told Soccerex that the money Spurs offered was too good to turn down.

“I think with [Davinson] Sanchez one year was too early,” said Van de Saar. “He should have stayed two or three years.”

He added: “But sometimes with the financial power that is looming over us in the bigger leagues it’s quite difficult for even a big club like Ajax coming from a small league to resist certain transfers.

“We know at a certain point that this league is not strong enough so after a few years, hopefully if you play three, four or five years for the club and give us two or three championships and success in Europe then [in an] ideal world it is the right step to go forward.”

You can watch the full interview below.



  1. The problem is, he may be right, but it exactly the way right time for Spurs. If they wait and he performed even more better, he will probably go for a much higher fee and to a club that is currently wealthier, ant therefore currently more high profile, than Spurs.

    It is the gamble Tottenham have to take if they aspire to compete with far wealthier clubs, for which players above a certain quality level are required. I am surprised folk working so high up in football would need this explained. That said, it isn’t like these wealthier clubs don’t also buy young players who might have benefited from being left be for a season or two.


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