Conceiçao Provides Explanation for Ajax's Woes
Francisco Conceiçao is playing this season on loan at FC Porto, but the winger still has a contract with Ajax. Moreover, the Portuguese top club has an option to buy. In an interview, Conceiçao discusses the difficult phase that the Amsterdam club is going through.
Conceiçao, speaking to (marca), reveals that he does not regret his decision to move to Ajax. 'That's a difficult question. I think I have learned things abroad that I would not have learned in Portugal. I believe I am now better equipped to deal with the problems and situations that have arisen this year. My experience abroad has taught me a lot, I think.'
And it's not that he's unconcerned about the goings-on in Amsterdam now that he's temporarily back in his home country. 'It's a great club. I played for them, and I just want them to return to their former level as soon as possible. The supporters know what success is, and I just hope they start competing at the top again soon.'
Conceiçao has an explanation for the malaise at the Johan Cruijff Arena. 'Last season was already not good, but no one expected it to get worse. The departure of people with a strong history at the club is significant, and a series of poor decisions has led to the club not achieving the success it is accustomed to. As an Ajax fan, I hope they start winning again soon,' says Conceiçao.
Whether he will return to Ajax is still uncertain. Conceiçao also expresses interest in other leagues when asked. 'Yes, the Spanish league attracts me a lot because I love the football, the country, and the competition. And Italy is also an option; my father played there,' he mentions two possibilities. Interested parties will have to negotiate with Ajax, as Conceiçao has a contract in the capital until mid-2027.