Ajax drop Lobont hint
By Martijn Prins
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ajax would be prepared to negotiate with Benfica over keeper Bogdan Lobont.Ajax have confirmed they would be prepared to negotiate with Benfica over keeper Bogdan Lobont.
The Romanian has slipped down the pecking order at the Amsterdam ArenA and his possible availability has come to the attention of Benfica's former Ajax coach Ronald Koeman.
Koeman is also interested in Liverpool's Jerzy Dudek, but a move for Lobont could be more viable as Ajax are ready to sell the keeper.
"Lobont is always in contention for the Romanian national team and has to play, but at Ajax he's the third goalkeeper," said Ajax director Martin van Geel.
"This situation is not good for Ajax and definitely not for Lobont.
"If a club is interested, they should contact us, so that we can try to make an arrangement."
Lobont's agent Victor Becali feels the 27-year-old is being frozen out at Ajax by coach Danny Blind.
"Bogdan is a good guy and an excellent goalkeeper," said Becali. "He has a problem with his coach, who prefers Dutch players, even though they have less qualities."