Former Manchester United and Ajax midfielder Arnold Muhren has told the Dutch media he doesn’t understand why his nephew Robert Muhren isn’t getting games for AZ. The 27-year-old hasn’t started a league game this season for the Dutch side, playing just 83 minutes in the opening eleven matches.

Voetbal Primeur have reported on comments Muhren made when asked about the situation with his nephew. Muhren said that even if he wasn’t related he’d still think he should be given a chance, and more so now Vincent Jannsen left in the summer to join Tottenham Hotspur.

Muhren revealed he’s told the forward to keep calm, and that through hard work he may be given a chance by the AZ coach.

“I’m really not understanding, not just because he’s my nephew. Last season, Robert had Vincent Janssen ahead of him. Then it was not surprising he was not in the team. I’ve always said he must remain calm. Hard work, then that opportunity will come,” said the former Netherlands international.

Muhren would have been hoping when Janssen signed for Tottenham in the last transfer window he would get more chances at AZ this season, but this hasn’t been the case. Janssen joined Tottenham for £17m, and last weekend scored his first Premier League goal during the 1-1 draw with Leicester City.