Maxwell's Juve aim

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Ajax ace Maxwell admits he is flattered by Juventus' interest in his services and would readily play for the Italian giants.

The Brazilian midfielder will have the chance to impress his suitors on Tuesday evening when Ajax tackle Juventus in the UEFA Champions League.

Juventus are reportedly keen on bringing the 23-year-old to Turin next summer, although Maxwell is contracted to Ajax until 2006.

Maxwell is happy to stay at the Amsterdam ArenA for the time being but concedes his goal is to represent a club of the stature of Juventus.

"I think of doing good things with Ajax and, at the Stadio Delle Alpi, I'll try to help the team to earn precious points for qualification," Maxwell told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"My contract with Ajax will expire in 2006 but I don't have any difficulty saying that playing for Juventus is one of my aims.

"I'd be happy to wear the Bianconeri's jersey.

"There are ten clubs in Europe to which I'd go running. Certainly, here in Turin I'd find (former Ajax team-mate) Zlatan (Ibrahimovic).

"The things he told me about Juve and the city are all fantastic. He spoke to me about the team, the team-mates and the club. That's why he's happy with the choice he made."

Ajax coach Ronald Koeman expects Maxwell to eventually move on to one of the bigger European leagues.

But Koeman is anxious for the South American, and the rest of his team-mates, not to exploit the game with Juve as a chance to clinch a transfer away from Ajax.

Koeman said: "Maxwell is a good player but it has to be a clear thing.

"I didn't come here to put my players in the shop window and to give them the chance to gain the best offer.

"I don't know if he's ready to face an Italian adventure but one thing is certain: Ajax won't be the last team of his career."