Eriksen focussed, chasers hope to close in
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Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen is ready to put any discussions about his future on hold until after the Eredivisie title race is decided.

The 21-year-old Denmark international is enjoying another excellent season at the Amsterdam club and is reportedly being targeted by a host of top European sides, including Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund.

Ajax are understandably keen to hang on to one of their key players, one who has helped them lead the league standings by four points from chasing PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord and Vitesse.

But Frank de Boer's side allowed their rivals to close in after being held to a draw by Heerenveen last time out, and need to reassert their authority when they travel to face NAC Breda on Saturday. And with the title race firmly on, Eriksen feels now is not the time to discuss where he may play his football next season.

He said: "I've put all of that on stand-by for now. As long as Ajax is still in the championship race, that's all I'm thinking about. After that, we'll see what happens."

Third-placed Feyenoord will host mid-table Heracles on Sunday, but they will be without winger Jean-Paul Boetius, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and also looks set to miss this summer's European U-21 Championship after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.

As long as Ajax is still in the championship race, that's all I'm thinking about.
Christian Eriksen, Ajax midfielder

PSV, meanwhile, will look to keep their title challenge on track when they face FC Groningen on Saturday. In the battle to finish fifth and avoid having to go through the play-offs for a Europa League spot, FC Twente host NEC Nijmegen looking to at least retain their one-point advantage over FC Utrecht.

Utrecht will travel to face PEC Zwolle having recovered from their hammering against AZ Alkmaar with a comfortable success against NAC. Seventh-placed Heerenveen face AZ on Friday night, but manager Marco van Basten will have to do without defender Chris Kum, who is struggling with a toe injury.

Basement side Willem II's place in the relegation play-offs is likely to be confirmed when they travel to face Vitesse on Sunday, while fellow strugglers VVV-Venlo travel to ADO Den Haag.

Vitesse are very much outsiders to take the title as they are six points adrift of Ajax, but winger Renato Ibarra says they will not give up hope. "We will do everything to close the gap," he said. "We want these last matches to go well and complete a strong season. Everyone strives to be better every day and we want to keep improving as we have all season."

RKC Waalwijk have the chance to take a huge step towards safety when they go to Roda JC. RKC are one place and four points above Roda, who occupy the first of the relegation play-off spots.