Ajax coach Frank de Boer has confirmed that the club will not sign Benfica winger Ola John this January and will instead turn to their youngsters.

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john cIts been well documented this month that De Boer was looking to strengthen his wing positions, with the club being linked with a number of players.

In the summer, Ajax failed with a bid for Ola John, but it seemed last week that the club were close to securing the 21-year-old Dutchman on loan for the rest of the season.

However speaking after Ajax’s 2-1 loss to Galatasaray, De Boer confirmed that they have pulled out of any deal for John, and will instead promote youngsters.

De Boer told Voetbal International, “I made ​​the decision. We’re going to do it with this group. We have so many talented right wingers who can play.”

“I have a good feeling over junior Ricardo Kishna. Lesley de Sa is doing well and we have Bojan Krkic and Lasse Schöne, ”

The collapse of the deal will be a big blow to Ola John, who is yet to make a league appearance for Benfica this season. The winger is hoping to move this month in order to stake a claim for a spot in Louis van Gaals Netherlands squad for next summers World Cup.

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