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Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch’s father has sent a warning to Liverpool as he advised his son to stay at the Dutch club. Gravenberch has been one of many names to be linked with Liverpool as a potential replacement for his compatriot Georginio Wijnaldum.
The 18-year-old is attracting interest from all over Europe. He could be available for €35m. But his father revealed staying with Ajax would be a preferential scenario rather than a transfer.
“He has to take that last step at Ajax. He just has to and he hasn’t done that yet,” Ryan Gravenberch senior told Ajax Showtime. “I want him to fully mature at Ajax, so as far as I’m concerned he will just stay at Ajax.
“He has only played one full season now and that was of course quite good, but next season he will have to play even better. Then, despite his age, he really must be one of the key players, especially if he plays in the European Championship [with the Netherlands].
“Next season, he will not get away with it in the dressing room if he plays poorly several games in a row. I really think he should take a step at Ajax first. He has to climb in the hierarchy and stand up more for himself within the squad.
“I’m not going to push him to do that, that makes no sense to Ryan. But he also realizes that. He also thinks it is best for him to stay at Ajax. In my heart – and also in Ryan’s – he first continues to develop at Ajax before he takes a step higher.”