Zivkovic: My time at Ajax is over

Richairo Zivkovic has said that he believes that his time with Ajax could come to an end after having a poor experience with the club's coaching staff.

The €2m stiker was signed from Groningen in 2014, but has failed to make an impact in the Ajax first team. Last season's loan spell with Willem II also did not go well for him, as he scored only two goals in 16 appearances for the Tilburg club.

The 19-year-old looked back on his first season in Amsterdam with some regret in an interview with De Telegraaf.

"I’ve made mistakes, so I could not live up to the high expectations at the beginning," he said. "But the coaching at Ajax also left much to be desired. For a seventeen-year-old player who comes from the province of Groningen to the city of Amsterdam, it is so important to be well taken care of. Especially the pre-promised specialists training, but unfortunately nothing came up. I was often left alone. So much so that the joy of playing football was also less."

Zivkovic recently returned to the Ajax camp for pre-season training and was determined to make an impression on the club's new boss, Peter Bosz.

"I had almost no holidays and trained hard," he added. "I knew I had to go for gold and wanted that too. I now know what is expected of a professional footballer."

Despite these positive signs, the youngster felt extremely aggrieved at not making the 22-man squad for Tuesday's pre-season friendly against Chinese club Liaoning Whowin.

This was the last straw for Zivkovic, who now has his hopes set on a possible move to Utrecht, who have reportedly shown interest in him.

"I feel that I am used like a yo-yo, that games are played," he said. "I’d like to go. It is now the best that I leave. I hope that Ajax agrees and does not ask a big fee for a loan or sale. So I can give a good boost to my career."

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