Mitchell Dijks has been the subject of two transfer attempts from the Championship this summer, and he’s knocked them both back.
First it was Norwich City, where Dijks spent the second half of last season on loan. Not in Peter Bosz’s plans at Ajax, Norwich represented a good opportunity for the defender and they tried to sign the player permanently at the end of his temporary spell.
In June, Norwich City director Stuart Webber told the BBC: “Unfortunately, we couldn’t come to an agreement and will now be moving onto other targets.”
Birmingham City were linked soon after Norwich’s failure, but always faced an uphill task. Part of the reason Dijks turned down Norwich was Championship football, and Birmingham would be offering the same thing.
Speaking to Fox Sports in the Netherlands, via AjaxShowTime, Dijks explained whey he snubbed the clubs: “There were a few clubs, including Birmingham City, but I didn’t feel good with it. I was waiting at the right time and then the coach called.
“I had a good season at Norwich, but they stayed in the Championship. That’s why I wanted to look elsewhere. My dream is to play in the Premier League and I’d really hoped I’d be there now.”
Dijks feels he’s now likelier to get more chances at Ajax with changes in the management and squad. Maybe Norwich or Birmingham will consider Dijks if they get promoted this season, and make his Premier League dream come true.