New deals for Van der Vaart, De Jong

Ajax have signed two of the most promising youngsters in the squad, Rafael van der Vaart and Nigel de Jong, to improved contracts.

Ajax adjusted the contract of Rafael van der Vaart. In return for better financial conditions, Van der Vaart will stay with Ajax at least to the summer of 2004. His contract runs to 2006.

Ajax have extended 18-year old Nigel de Jong's contract to 2006. De Jong originally had a deal until the summer of 2004.