Ajax, a selling club by nature, was scratching its pockets this winter market and paid 22.5 million euros for Sébastien Haller. In this way, he became the most expensive footballer in history. ajacied. Since his arrival he began to produce and in his first six Eredivisie games he has already generated 6 goals, 2 goals and 4 assists which makes him a key player for Ten Haag. Set amsterdammerHowever, he could have made a terrible mistake that would leave them without the Ivorian international in the Europa League, as the tall (1.90m) forward is not on the team's roster.

Ajax Shield / Flag

“It is true that Haller is not on the Europa League list. We are working with the KNVB (Royal Netherlands Football Association) and UEFA to find out where the error is “, the club recognized the Dutch medium NU.nl. If the ruling comes from the European body, there would be no major problem, but if Ajax is to blame for the omission, Sébastien will have to follow his now colleagues on television as far as European competition is concerned.

It was not an update error, as evidenced by the inclusion of another newcomer like Oussama Idrissi, on loan from Sevilla with a purchase option, on the list published this Wednesday. Thus, in the offices of the Johan Cruijff Sand They have to work piecework if they want to be able to count on their star incorporation in a competition in which they start as one of the favorites, after having been third in their Champions group, behind Liverpool and Atalanta.

February 18 is the date marked in red, when the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 will take place against Lille on French territory. Haller has come to Amsterdam in search of the lost shine at West Ham, who signed him in the summer of 2019 for 50 million, from Eintracht Frankfurt, where he marveled with Luka Jovic at his side.

Van Nistelrooy, precedent

It would not be the first time that a Dutch team cannot count on its star player in Europe due to a mistake, although PSV in 2000-01 did not fail the bureaucracy, if not the calculation. Ruud van Nistelrooy was the footballer on whom the game revolved in Eindhoven, but he was seriously injured and his recovery seemed longer than it finally was. Thus, the forward was not included in the list update after the winter market and, despite returning in time for the then UEFA Cup quarter-finals against Kaiserlautern, was left out of the meeting.