Van der Wiel stays focussed on Ajax

Van der Wiel stays focussed on Ajax

Last week, he was in the spotlights because of his new tattoo, which has three stars symbolising Ajax’s thirtieth national title. Gregory van der Wiel (23) is very proud of their performance three months ago. “It’s a special achievement, participated in winning the thirtieth national championship. That’s a great memory, and it always will be.”

Moreover, the new ink on his body shows his love for Ajax. “I’ve been playing with Ajax since I was seven years old”, says the international, who made an in between step to the now defunct HFC Haarlem. “There’s no other club for me than Ajax. Otherwise, I would have signed on with Feyenoord or PSV a few years ago, before I was offered a contract here. That’s simply love for the club.”

At the same time, Van der Wiel is aware that people sometime have a different idea of him. “People sometimes think that I’m indifferent, and find me spoiled or blasé. Or they say that I don’t work hard and would leave for the money. But that’s not the way it is. I’ve been a fan of Ajax since I was young, even before I played here. It’s my club.”
That’s why ‘Greg’ isn’t focussing at all on the transfer market, which is open for another week. “It’s quiet for me and I’m enjoying focussing on Ajax”, says the athlete sincerely. “I want to be a part of this team, experience the road to another championship, and play in the UEFA Champions League. We have a young team with many guys who can grow into top players, and a top coach. I’m feeling good here and have everything I need. I haven’t left Amsterdam yet, so why would I want to now?” says the Ajax player, who hasn’t ruled out an extension to his current contract until mid-2013. “That’d definitely an option.”
After losing points against VVV-Venlo (2-2) on Sunday, Van der Wiel can’t wait until Friday’s match against Vitesse. He hopes to pick up where they left off in the home match against sc Heerenveen against the team from Arnhem. “We need to be dominant, no matter whom we play. I don’t think many teams come to the ArenA to attack, and we’re the ones who have enforced that. We need to keep it that way.”
Last season, Van der Wiel scored his only goal of the season in the home match against Vitesse. He calls that number ‘small’. With his goal against Heerenveen, he’s already matched that score in this year’s competition, but the defender expects more goals to follow. “I scored six two years ago, so that’s a good target. Although that’s a lot for a defender, I proved that it’s feasible. But scoring’s not important in my position.”
The former central defender is aware of Vitesse’s attacking potential. “I think that Chanturia is an amazing player, and Bony is a strong centre forward. They’re building a strong team.”