Rafael van der Vaart has not hidden his feelings about the future of Calvin Bassey at his favourite club Ajax amid interest from Fulham.
Fulham jet off to the United States for their pre-season tour of the United States today, but all is not well at Craven Cottage.
There are reports that Aleksandar Mitrovic won’t play for the club after being priced out of a move to Saudi Arabia.
The Serbian is Fulham’s attacking talisman and has been vital to the club’s success over the past few years.
Midfielder Joao Palhinha was the club’s player of the season last year, but he’s been linked with an exit as well.
Even the future of manager Marco Silva isn’t set in stone as he delays signing a new contract.
However, work has to be done now to improve the current squad before the Premier League begins.
Fulham have made a bid for Calvin Bassey and Rafael van der Vaart would be delighted if he left.
It might be a warning to Fulham fans about the 23-year-old.
Van der Vaart sends warning to Fulham over Bassey
Speaking on Dutch programme De Oranjezomer, Van der Vaart was asked about Bassey’s potential move to Fulham and said: “I just drove up here in the golf cart. I would take him away myself with that tonight.”
Bassey played for Ajax on Tuesday against Shakhtar Donetsk and came off the bench in a 3-0 win.
However, Van der Vaart wasn’t happy with an error Bassey made in that game and seems very keen for Fulham to take him off Ajax’s hands.
Bassey has progressed quickly in his career, going from Leicester’s academy to the Champions League in just a few years.
His performances for Rangers were always strong and he didn’t do too badly during his first campaign in the Eredivisie.
Ajax as a whole struggled after losing Erik ten Hag and blaming Bassey for those issues feels harsh.
Marco Silva has a knack of getting the best out of young players and clearly sees some potential in the Nigerian.