Cristian Chivu is all set to return to his former club Ajax where he played from 1999 to 2003. The Romanian, whose contract comes to an end in the summer, has been linked with a move to various clubs in the past. However, it seems that his former club Ajax are turning out to be the front runners in the race for the Romanian.
The 31-year-old represents an ideal opportunity for Ajax to build upon given that he has a wealth of experience and also knows the club inside out. Ajax have not been doing well in the Champions League in recent decades, but the return of Cristian Chivu could signal a change in the fortune for the Dutch club.
It is thought that Ajax full-back Gregory van der Wiel will leave the club in the January transfer window or in the summer. According to Ajax, Cristian Chivu could be more than a perfect replacement for the right back. The Romanian is perfectly adept at playing in various positions and will be a great asset to the team at least for the next couple of years. The fact that he is arriving on a free transfer makes the deal even more sweeter for Ajax.
“Chivu is definitely an option in January (should Vertonghen) depart. We must wait and see whether it is feasible but Cristian has always been very interested in Ajax. When he was linked with Real it seemed that he was going. But should the situation arise that he chooses us we will certainly not waste it,” manager De Boer told Voetbal Primeur. Now, it seems certain that Ajax will be making an official offer to Inter Milan for the defender. The manager also said that Vertonghen could leave the club in the January transfer window.
It seems that Cristian Chivu will become one of the most sought-after players of the season. The Romanian’s contract is coming to an end at Inter Milan.
He is regarded as one of the finest Romanian players of recent times, and there seems to be a long queue forming for the versatile defender. According to his agent, at least five clubs have reportedly shown their interest in signing the player. The fact that he is available for free makes the deal even more interesting. Cristian Chivu has been one of the main players for Inter Milan over the last few years since he joined from Roma for a huge transfer fee in 2007.
Despite being 31 years old, Cristian Chivu still continues to play at the highest level and it is one of the reasons for many clubs showing their interest in him. There is no reason to see why Cristian Chivu cannot play at the top level for at least a couple of years. The list of clubs that are currently showing a lot of interest in him extends even to Real Madrid and Liverpool. However, there is a very good possibility that he might end up at Ajax where he could get a lot of games. Since he has achieved almost everything there is to achieve in the world of football, Cristian Chivu is most likely keen to look forward playing regularly rather than sitting on the bench at the club.
Further, his experience at the top level is kind to be a major boost to the likes of Ajax, who have been missing this kind of a figurehead for quite some time now. “Next month we will begin talks with other European clubs, even if we have already received five very important offers, but I cannot say from whom,” his agent told reporters.