The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that the Moroccan-born player Mohamed Ihtarin is not participating in the preparation of his Ajax Amsterdam team for the new football season due to death threats from unknown persons.
According to the publication, the Ajax fans did not receive death threats, but their source is still unclear.
The 20-year-old has been granted special leave to organize his own affairs and is therefore not participating in the Ajax training camp, which is now in Austria, as confirmed by the Dutch champions in an official statement.
Alfred Schroeder, Ajax coach, visited Akhtarin at his home to offer support and reaffirm his position with the club’s management in this ordeal.
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Akhtarin’s loan to Ajax ends on the last day of this year, as the Dutch club has the right to buy out the player’s contract on a permanent basis for two million euros, with a payment to Juventus agreeing to include the player until 2025.
Ikhtarin was loaned from Juventus to Sampdoria between August 2021 and January 2022, but did not feature in any matches for the Italian team.
The star appeared at PSV Eindhoven from January 1, 2019 to August 30, 2021.
During that period, the seventeen-year-old youth of Moroccan origin played 74 matches in all tournaments, during which he shook the opponent’s gate 10 times and gave eleven assists.