Ajax fullback Noussair Mazraoui has all but confirmed that he will leave the Eredivisie champions when his contract expires in the summer.
Arsenal, Manchester City, Leeds and Brighton have all been linked with the Moroccan in recent months, and the defender has now spoken out about his future, claiming he is looking for a new challenge:
“My future? That’s a good question man. I think the chances of me remaining at Ajax are very small, maybe 5%. I am open for something new – it’s a good moment to leave.”
Mazraoui plays almost exclusively as a right-back and, with the Gunners having only signed Takehiro Tomiyasu last year, it remains to be seen whether the London club will attempt to snap up another player for the same position.
Calum Chambers’ current deal does run out at the end of the season, while Cedric has not been used that regularly by manager Mikel Arteta, so Mazraoui could be seen as an upgrade on those two players.
This season, the 24-year-old has made 23 appearances in all competitions for Ajax, scoring five goals and providing three assists. He was not named in Morocco’s squad for the African Cup of Nations, though, after being accused by head coach Vahid Halilhodzic of faking an injury to get out of a friendly.