Reported Celtic target Milan van Ewijk has provided an update on his future, and it’s not good for potential suitors.
The Scottish Sun reported last week that Celtic scouts had watched the right-back this season. However, the likes of Schalke, Hamburg, Darmstadt, and Gent were also linked.
The right-back’s agent, Style de Jong, confirmed that the player has had a career-plan drawn out for him to ensure the best choices are made for him in the long-term [Scottish Sun].
And it looks as though the Dutchman’s immediate choice is to stay in the Netherlands. Speaking to Dutch outlet VoetbalZone, van Ewijk said: “The Netherlands is a familiar environment for me. That is why I would prefer to learn here instead of abroad, where I don’t know anyone at all.
“I want to grow gradually as a player and as a person. I do sometimes hear there are clubs (interested in me) but I leave that to my father and my agent – I prefer to stay in the Netherlands now.”
Celtic need right-back reinforcements this summer; van Ewijk looks like he can be crossed off
It’s a touch odd to hear van Ewijk claim that he doesn’t want to go abroad because he doesn’t know anyone. That’s something you could see being acceptable if he’s 16 or 17 years of age. The right-back, however, is 20.
On the flip side, however, he’s only had one full season in the Eredivisie. His campaign this term has seen him rack up a total of 38 appearances for Den Haag [Transfermarkt]. He may be looking for more experience in the Netherlands’ top-flight before moving on.
It’s worth noting though that Den Haag are seven points adrift in the relegation places. It looks extremely likely that van Ewijk could be playing in the Eerste Divisie next season if he isn’t careful. That wouldn’t do anything for his career progression.
If that happens, the youngster will need to make a move elsewhere. It would be interesting to see whether he would be more open to a move abroad should that happen. For now, however, he’s evidently concentrating on trying to keep his current side in the top-flight.
Celtic, meanwhile, need two right-backs this summer. With Jonjoe Kenny set to head back to Everton, the Hoops are in desperate need of options. Hatem Elhamed and Jeremie Frimpong both left the club in the winter window, leaving us dreadfully short in the position.
It remains to be seen who we go for. Given van Ewijk’s comments, however, he looks like one we can cross off the list for now.