Absa Premiership

Jaakkola committed to Ajax cause

2016-04-25 10:47
Anssi Jaakkola (Supplied)

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola has moved to clarify the confusion surrounding his plans for the future, insisting he is committed to the Urban Warriors.

The 29-year-old has one-year remaining on his current contract, having joined the Cape club from Scottish outfit Kilmarnock in 2013.

In a news report published on Saturday, Jaakkola was quotred as saying that he was considering his options at the end of the current campaign.

However, he has since moved to dispel the notion that he could be leaving Ajax in the not-too-distant future.

"I would just like to clarify that my words were misquoted by the media," Jaakkola told the club's website.

"The person who did the interview misinterpreted what I said during the interview, when talking about my future.

"I just want to clarify that not once did I mention that I was leaving Ajax Cape Town. I would never disrespect the club, my fellow teammates or the club's supporters like that.

"I have a contract with the club for another year. What I said was that, you never know in football what can happen.

"Unfortunately, those words were used in a different way than I intended it."

Meanwhile, Ajax CEO Ari Efstathiou says the club won't stand in the goalkeeper's way should he receive an offer from a European club, but was also quick to point out that the player has just over a year left on his contract.

"I have had several heart to heart discussions with Anssi regarding his future," Efstathiou said.

"We were very aware when he joined Ajax Cape Town 3 years ago, that he would like to continue his career in a top European league once his contact came to an end.

"He is a top quality goalkeeper and has served the club with aplomb and deserves to land a lucrative European move.

"Should the opportunity arise we would never stand in his way."

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