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Tadic insists De Jong & De Ligt could play for ‘anyone’

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Dusan Tadic has talked up his highly-rated Ajax team-mates Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt amid interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

The young Dutch duo have starred in Europe all season for both club and country, which has caused a host of major clubs to wage a war for their signatures this summer.

Barcelona have already won the battle for De Jong after a €75m deal was announced in January for him to arrive at Camp Nou in the summer.

Furthermore, the Catalan giants are favourites to beat Juventus, Bayern Munich and Manchester City to sign Ajax captain De Ligt.

The 19-year-old defender has yet to confirm his plans for next season. But Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has already confirmed there is “zero chance” he will remain in Amsterdam.

Nicolas Tagliafico, Andre Onana and Hakim Ziyech have also been linked with some high-profile transfers themselves recently.

“It is not strange for me to see the young players without fear. It is in the Ajax DNA. They don’t care about pressure. I really like the philosophy,” Tadic told The Sun.

“We always dominate and we don’t care if we are home or away. We always play our football, this is our biggest strength.

“The only problem is that if you don’t try things or take risks, then the coach will say something.

“Even if you make mistakes, they want you to play and enjoy it.

“De Ligt is 19, De Jong is 21, but they think like a 30-year-old. Their brains are amazing. Their mentality is complete. You cannot buy this.

“I have never seen it in my life. They will suit everyone. They have everything in their game.”

He added: “It’s not good to have 11 young players and it’s not good to have 11 old players. You need to have a mix. Both can learn from each other.

“In the past few years, Ajax didn’t have so much success but had a lot of possibilities and young players.

“They have made a very good project and you see what is happening now. They have invested a lot and got everything back.”

Ajax will take on Tottenham in north London on Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.

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MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 05: Dusan Tadic of Ajax celebrates as he scores his team’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Ajax at Bernabeu on March 05, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)