Ajax extends contract of Botman until 2023

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Sven Botman has been doing really well during his loan spell at SC Heerenveen. So well that Ajax has decided to extend his contract until 2023, the Telegraaf reports. Ajax wants to give him a chance to prove himself in the first team next season.

Sven Botman is a 20-year-old central defender, who has been playing for Ajax since he was 9. Last season he was one of the better players in Jong Ajax. The step to Ajax 1 was thought to be too big and he needed a lot of playing time so Botman was loaned out to Heerenveen for this season.

At Heerenveen, he’s made massive strides and he has now been awarded a new contract. “I wanted to extend if Ajax had a plan with me and it turned out that there was one,” said the happy Botman. “I will return this summer, after which I will get a fair chance to prove myself as a full member of the first team during the preparation and throughout the season.”

Interest from the Premier League

The direct reason for this contract extension and upgrade is the interest of other clubs in his services. Last summer Norwich City wanted to sign the defender: “The Premier League is a dream. But as a youth player of Ajax, you really only have one dream: to succeed in the ArenA. Because of my temporary departure to Heerenveen, I seemed to get further away from that. But because of my development in the past eight months, I have come closer to that goal”.

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