Frank de Boer hopeful on Daley Blind stay

Daley Blind of the Netherlands (L) celebrates scoring his team's second goal against Brazil with teammate Bruno Martins Indi during the 2014 FIFA World Cup 3rd Place Playoff on July 12, 2014
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Ajax coach Frank de Boer is optimistic that he can reject the overtures of Barcelona and Manchester United and hang on to Daley Blind.

Frank de Boer is confident that Ajax can hang on to Daley Blind this summer amid speculation linking him with Barcelona and Manchester United.

The 24-year-old's stock has risen significantly in recent weeks after emerging as one of the stand-out performers in a World Cup which saw the Netherlands finish third.

With Europe's elite reportedly lurking, De Boer admits that everyone has a price, but the Dutch coach remains optimistic of retaining Blind beyond the summer transfer window.

Asked whether or not Blind could leave the Dutch capital this summer, he told AT5: "Personally, I don't think so.

"Everyone is obviously for sale, but we feel that those three players, the World Cup players (Blind, Jasper Cillessen and Joel Veltman), with a few guys in the current squad, should be the water carriers of this squad.

"We want to build a core with guys like Davy Klassen, Stefano Denswil, Ricardo van Rhijn and Ruben Ligeon. All guys who have been at Ajax since childhood."

Blind has a further two years on his Ajax contract.

Daley Blind laughs during the Netherlands training session at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil held at the Estadio Jose Bastos Padilha Gavea on July 2, 2014
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