De Boer positive as Eredivisie returns

Ajax coach Frank de Boer is not unduly concerned by his side's bottom-place finish in the Antalya Cup as they return to Dutch Eredivisie duties this weekend.

The Amsterdam club are currently top of the league table, on the same number of points as second-placed Vitesse. They used the winter break for a training camp in Turkey, while also taking part in a friendly competition along with Galatasary, Trabzonspor and Celtic.

Defeats to the two Turkish clubs saw them finish bottom of the four teams. But De Boer believes there are plenty of positives to take as he prepares his side to meet PSV Eindhoven on Sunday, including the non-competitive debut of teenage forward Ricardo Kishna.

"Of course I'm disappointed with last place, but it's the only smudge on this training camp, which has otherwise been fantastic," De Boer told the club website. "We trained under perfect conditions at a very high level.

"Kishna made a nice debut. This week, he showed that he's very close to being at the first team's level. A debut is nice, but you need to show it day in, day out, with the Ajax Reserves, too. If he gives off a good signal there too, then he has what it takes to make his official debut this year."

Of course I'm disappointed with last place, but it's the only smudge on this training camp, which has otherwise been fantastic.
Ajax coach Frank De Boer on his side's poor showing in the mid-season Antalya Cup

Title rivals Vitesse, meanwhile, have strengthened their squad with with acquisition of Rochdi Achenteh from PWC Zolle. The Moroccan defender was delighted to complete his move ahead of this weekend's clash with his old club.

"I'm very happy with this move, you can see from the facilities that Vitesse a big club," he told the club website. "The offensive playmaking squad really appeals to me, it is a way of playing where I feel good.

"I would like to thank PEC Zwolle for the past two and a half years. I have worked with some very fine people, people I'm going to miss, from the equipment manager to the volunteers. At the same time I look forward to getting to know my new colleagues and developing as a footballer."

Elsewhere, FC Twente will look to keep place with the front two when they host Heracles, while fourth-placed Feyenoord travel to FC Utrecht on Sunday. Bottom club NEC Nijmegen face a crucial home game with fellow strugglers ADO Den Haag and Cambur Leeuwarden play Go Ahead Eagles.

Roda JC, who are also at the wrong end of the table, travel to Heerenveen while FC Groningen will look to boost their hopes of European qualification when they head to RKC Waalwijk. The weekend's remaining fixture sees AZ Alkmaar host NAC Breda.