John Heitinga has expressed his anticipation and excitement about the Feyenoord v Ajax match on Sunday in De Kuip.

  • By James Rowe

heitinga aja feyThe second Klassieker of the season takes place on Sunday in Rotterdam with Ajax currently top of the Eredivisie, and three points ahead of second placed Feyenoord.

Veteran defender John Heitinga spoke to NOS about the importance of the tie among Ajax players, and admitted he is looking forward to the game.

Heitinga said, ”These games speak for themselves I do not have to explain to the young players in the group what it means,”

”Ajax players know what it means from a young age. If you can play in front of fanatic home support that they have in De Kuip it’s great, but we must make sure they have nothing to shout about.”

”These are the games that you look forward to and highlight as soon as the fixture list comes out”.

John Heitinga made his Ajax debut back in 2001 in a 2-1 win for Ajax away at Feyenoord. He also gave his opinion on not playing as many Ajax games this season as first anticipated when he signed for the club in the summer. ”Of course I want to be playing more but at the moment I am training more than I am playing.”

” I have to wait for my chance and I hope that comes as soon as possible I can only continue to do my best and I do that everyday I will not stop training hard”.

John Heitinga came through the youth team at Ajax. He then went on to become an international player for the Dutch national team. After going abroad to play for Athletico Madrid, Everton, Fulham and Hertha Berlin he is back in Amsterdam and he is eager to make his experience count.

” I know what my goals are and that is to end the season lifting the shield and being champions but I can also help and guide the younger players in our squad”.

There are also rumors that Heitinga could leave Ajax in Janauary. He is currently behind Joel Veltman, Jairo Riedewald and┬áNick Viergever in the pecking order, ”I am at this moment not thinking about leaving. I am only thinking about Ajax and of course I want to play”.

” I love football too much just to sit on the bench for the long term, but I am absolutely nowhere near finished as an Ajax player”.

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