Dutch outlet Ajax Showtime have claimed that 17-year-old goalkeeper Dani van den Heuvel has decided to reject a new deal at Ajax in order to join Leeds United – and the teen has already confirmed his Ajax exit on Instagram.
Leeds have sprung into life over the past 24 hours on a transfer front. Having already completed permanent moves for Illan Meslier and Helder Costa, the club confirmed another loan for Jack Harrison on Monday.
That was following by the £1million signing of Joe Gelhardt from Wigan Athletic. On Tuesday, 16-year-old whizzkid Charlie Allen signed a three-year deal from Linfield – before Mateusz Bogusz agreed a new three-year contract.
Now, it appears another addition is close. The report states that van den Heuvel – who has played 10 times for Ajax’s Under-17 side – is on his way to Leeds after rejecting an Ajax contract. He confirmed an exit on Instagram.
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It has always been my dream to play for Ajax Saying goodbye is not easy. Especially not today when I’m leaving Ajax. From day one it felt like home. For me and my family it was a dream come true to play for Ajax. To develop myself with the best youth players in the world and with the best staff and facilities I could imagine. I gave 100% every day. No regrets. Only proud rules and I’m eager to give even more to reach for my goals. During my 3 years at Ajax I’ve had ups and downs which made me stronger every time again. Thanks to all the support and chances Ajax has given me. I would like to thank all my teammates, the coaches and staff from the bottom of my heart. As I’m about to start a new adventure away from Ajax, this club, its fans and all the people on my journey will always be in my heart. Once Ajacied, always Ajacied!
Leeds have brought in a number of goalkeepers of late, with Kamil Miazek joining after a spell at Ajax. Italian stopper Elia Caprile joined from Chievo, while Meslier looks as though he is now first choice ahead of Kiko Casilla.
Netherlands Under-17 international van den Heuven is another teenager star that looks set to sign for Leeds, though, as the Whites continue to force the issue this summer. Fulham’s Cody Drameh has also been linked.