Koeman expects to lose Chivu

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AJAX coach Ronald Koeman is resigned to losing his star defender Cristian Chivu in the near future.

The highly-rated full back has attracted the interest of a number of top clubs across Europe and Koeman admits he will lose the player.

Koeman revealed that the 21-year-old has a clause in his contract, which allows him to leave The Amsterdam ArenA for a certain amount of money.

He expects the Romanian international to leave at the end of the season or the season after.

The Ajax chief also revealed that midfield starlet Rafael van der Vaart could leave, but that his immediate concern was the future of Chivu.

"Chivu has a clause in his contract that says he can leave for a certain sum," Koeman told Dutch sports magazine Sportweek. "So if a club comes to pay the price and Chivu wants to take that chance, he will go.

"That danger exists just as with Rafael van der Vaart. But that's a different story, he has said that he wants to stay for the moment."

Chivu came to prominence at Euro 2000 scoring against England and impressing against Luis Figo and David Beckham in the games against Portugal and England respectively.

The comments are sure to alert a number of Europe's top clubs with Barcelona, Internazionale and Chelsea all linked with the attacking full back in the past.

Meanwhile, Ajax midfielder Richard Knopper is free to find another club after being told he is not part of the plans at the club.

The 24-year-old has fallen out-of-favour under Koeman and has only featured in four games under the former Barcelona star.

"The manager clearly explained the situation to me," said Knopper. "In my position in attacking midfield he sees a better future for (Rafael) Van der Vaart and (Steven) Pienaar."

Ajax have also confirmed that they are looking to sign Vitesse Arnhem duo Victor Sikora and Mahamadou Diarra.

Koeman knows all about the duo having had them during his time in charge of Vitesse and he wants them to join him in Amsterdam.

"We have enquired about the situation with both players," said Ajax technical director Leo Beenhakker.

Vitesse technical director Jan Streur has left the ball in Ajax's court and says they will wait on their next move.

"The onus is now with Ajax," said Streur. "If they want something further, we'll hear about it."