Ajax Amsterdam head coach Erik Ten Hag hopes that Inter Milan target Andre Onana will stay with the Dutch champions.
Despite the uncertainty about the future of the goalkeeper at the Johan Cruyff Arena, Ten Hag has reportedly had talks with the player to let him know of his wish to keep him for a few more seasons.
Speaking to Dutch publication De Telegraaf, the coach gave an update on the Cameroonian’s situation amid speculation that he could leave his current club on a free transfer next June with the Nerazzurri one of the likeliest destinations for him.
Inter are seriously considering Onana as a long-term replacement for Samir Handanovic with the current number one turning 38 next year.
Onana could be brought in as a free agent should he not agree an extension on his contract with the Amsterdam-based club.
However, Ten Hag still hopes that an agreement can be found on a new contract and that Onana will remain with his side rather than finding a new home.
“I think it is best for all parties to extend his contract and I also recommended this to Onana.
“The contract extension is definitely an option for me, but at the end (Ajax Sporting Director) Marc Overmars and the player will take care of it together.
“Onana will definitely take my advice into account, and then he and his entourage will have to decide.”
Ten Hag further explained that Onana is still in his plans for this season once he returns from the doping ban which he is currently serving.
“We put him on the squad list for the Champions League and this has not been done without reason. I am very grateful to him for what he has done for Ajax and for me in recent years. If the club needs him, I will definitely push for him to be able to stay on with him.”
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