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Report: Porto, Lyon, Ajax after Canada’s Jonathan David

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Jonathan David may be the next Canadian to play for a top European side.

Porto, Lyon, Ajax, and Benfica are all interested in signing the soon-to-be 20-year-old this winter from KAA Gent, according to France’s L’Equipe.

David wouldn’t come cheap however, as the Belgian side are reportedly asking upwards of $22 million for his services. Porto are reportedly the only team to have submitted an official offer for the Canadian thus far.

The French report states that David is Lyon’s second-choice. Villarreal’s Karl Toko Ekambi, who is also linked to Premier League clubs, is Les Gones‘ main target.

David has spoken publicly about the interest clubs throughout Europe have on him. “Clubs with an interest must speak with my agents,” David told the Belgian outlet Sporza in January. “I am fully focused on Gent and want to win as many competitions as possible here.”

The New York-born forward has had a super season thus far, scoring nine goals and assisting seven times in Belgium.

In December, David was named the Canadian Male Player of the Year after scoring nine goals for the national team in 2019.

Debuting in 2018, David has made 12 appearances for Canada, scoring 11 goals.

USMNT’s Dest leaves Ajax camp in Qatar due to rising tensions

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USMNT defender Sergino Dest has asked to leave Ajax’s winter training camp in Qatar due to the ongoing tensions in the Middle East.

Dest, 19, requested to return to Amsterdam as the Dutch-American right back “didn’t feel comfortable” being in the region and Ajax revealed he will leave the camp.

The Dutch giants released the following statement confirming that Dest will return to the Netherlands to train with their reserve team while they continue their training camp and play two friendlies in Qatar during the Eredivisie winter break.

“Sergino Dest asked if he could leave the training camp of Ajax in Qatar. He didn’t feel comfortable. Ajax understands his request and has responded to it. The right back returns to Young Ajax in Amsterdam.”

Iran launched missile attacks on army bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq late Tuesday, as tensions continue to rise following an American drone strike which killed the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s powerful Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani.

The USMNT were due to be at a training camp in Qatar this week but called it off at the last minute due to the escalation in the situation between the U.S. and Iran in the region, and this was understandably playing on Dest’s mind while he was in Qatar, which is located just across the Persian Gulf from Iran.

There is almost three years to go until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar kicks off (remember, it’s a winter tournament) and a lot could change between now and then but plenty of nations around the world, and FIFA, will be keeping a very close eye on this situation.

However, USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter recently said he was ‘hopeful’ they would return to train in Qatar before the 2022 World Cup.

Ajax’s Daley Blind has heart surgery

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Ajax and Netherlands star Daley Blind has undergone successful heart surgery after he was diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation.

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Blind, 29, felt dizzy Ajax’s defeat to Valencia 10 days ago and has been undergoing medical examinations ever since.

Th Dutch giants revealed details on Blind’s condition in a statement released on Saturday, as he is now recovering from the operation.

“Daley Blind has been diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation. The central defender has undergone extensive medical examination in recent days, following the dizziness that briefly bothered him during the Ajax – Valencia match. It was then decided to place a subcutaneous ICD with Blind, a device that is applied under the skin.

“As a result of this intervention, which took place yesterday, the 29-year-old international will not start the training camp selection at the beginning of January, but will continue to work on his recovery in Amsterdam.”

WATCH: USMNT’s Dest scores first two Ajax senior goals

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USMNT defender Sergino Dest is doing his best Kevin De Bruyne impression, scoring his first two senior goals for Ajax.

The 19-year-old put two balls into the upper reaches of the goal on Wednesday, the second a remarkable volley as Ajax dispatched Telstar 4-3 in the KNVB Cup.

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Dest also recorded two tackles, 90 percent passing, and 93 touches over a 90-minute performance. He was named U.S. Soccer’s Young Male Athlete of the Year earlier this week.

Ajax led 1-0 when the right back arrived on the scene to put a Dusan Tadic pass into the goal.

But the real gem came after halftime. Ajax held a 3-1 lead when Dest created some space for a shot and used it extremely well.

The show-stopping goal from a Donny van de Beek assist stood as the decisive one for the defending champions.

Dest had put together five assists in his first 22 appearances for Ajax’s first team, and he’s producing across several competitions. The youngster has three caps for USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter.

Ajax is seeking its record 20th KNVB Cup.

LIVE, UCL: Chelsea’s last 16 hopes on the line; Inter, Dortmund need wins

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It is chaos across the UEFA Champions League for as the group stage finales kick off on Tuesday.

Across multiple groups there is plenty on the line going into the final 90 minutes of action, with plenty of giants scrambling to reach the knockout round.

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In Group H Chelsea host Lille and Ajax host Valencia as three of the four teams in the group can still win and qualify for the last 16. One will miss out.

Frank Lampard‘s Blues are the favorites to advance but it won’t be straightforward, even against the team guaranteed to finish bottom of the group, Lille.

Chelsea know they will reach the last 16 with a win at home but Ajax only need a draw to make the last 16, while Valencia need a win at Ajax to advance. Chelsea will also reach the last 16 if they draw against Lille and Ajax beat Valencia.

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Elsewhere, Inter Milan host Barcelona knowing a win at the San Siro against the Group F winners will put them through. But Borussia Dortmund know if they beat Slavia Prague at home and Inter lose or draw against Barcelona, they will instead reach the last 16.

In Group G, Leipzig are already through but both Lyon and Zenit can join them in the last 16, while Benfica are out of contention.

Below is the full schedule for the last UCL games on Tuesday, as all games kick off at 3 p.m. ET and you can follow the action live by clicking on the link above.


Tuesday

Group F
Borussia Dortmund v. Slavia Prague
Inter Milan v. Barcelona

Group G
Lyon v. Leipzig
Benfica v. Zenit

Group H
Chelsea v. Lille
Ajax v. Valencia