Ajax to keep Vermaelen

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Roda JC's efforts to land Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen on loan seem set to end in failure.

The Kerkrade club are looking to bring in a new defender, as PSV Eindhoven are keen to sign Roda stopper Predrag Filipovic, and had made a loan offer for Vermaelen.

Ajax, though, have informed Roda that they expect to utilise the talents of the teenager this season and are not looking to send him out on loan.

Vermaelen made a positive impression at RKC Waalwijk last term and Ajax are hopeful he will show the same form when called upon.

Ajax have injury worries at present, with Wesley Sneijder, Nigel de Jong and Mauro Rosales picking up knocks at the weekend.

The Amsterdam side host Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League this week and coach Danny Blind has a real selection dilemma due to the dearth of options available to him.