Donny van be Beek insists he will not be joining Real Madrid in the January transfer window as he does not want to leave current club Ajax in the middle of the season.The 22-year-old has been linked again with a move to the Spanish capital after Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane refused to comment on whether the club would again target the Dutch midfielder along with Christian Eriksen.Van de Beek, who scored in Ajax’s 3-0 win over Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday, was close to joining Madrid during the summer window, even admitting that his current club and the Spanish powerhouse were in talks over a transfer . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career But after deal could not be agreed, the Netherlands international is now keen to focus on the season at Ajax and does not want to be unsettled by a transfer.”I don’t want to leave during the winter break,” Van de Beek told VI .”I play here all season, I finish at Ajax this year. That gives me clarity and tranquility. I will see what happens next. “Maybe someday in my career it will happen that I switch club during the winter break, but now I don’t like it.”Van de Beek played an important role in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, scoring in the defeat to Tottenham and also in the quarter-final victory against Juventus.Real Madrid became interested in his services following that run of form, but the player admits that speculation of a transfer to Spain took its toll on him mentally.”At a certain point [the transfer saga] all took too long,” Van de Beek said. “I don’t read and see everything myself, but others always confront you with it. That does something to you. “I’m still young. And even if you are a bit older, I think these things will continue to do something to you. You are a human being. “There were so many rumours and so much was said and written. If you keep being on all those front pages, you will see it anyway. “I am very happy that it is over, that I can focus on Ajax and put a thick line under it.”Van de Beek has two goals and four assists in six appearances this season, helping Ajax to a goal-difference lead over PSV at the top of the Eredivisie table.
More details have emerged about last week’s kidnapping and killing of a Canadian mining company executive in Burkina Faso.An official with the West African country’s Ministry of Security says the gunmen who kidnapped Kirk Woodman of Halifax, Nova Scotia appears to have stolen items like cell phones, computers and money. The theft implies the kidnapping may have been carried out by armed bandits, not terrorists.As there are no witnesses and currently no one claiming responsibility, it remains unclear what took place in the hours before Woodman’s body was found riddled with bullets.Woodman worked for Progress Minerals Inc., a Vancouver-based company. He was found dead last Wednesday in Oudalan province, in the northern Sahel region. He was kidnapped the night before by armed gunmen from a mining camp in Tiabongou.The investigation into his death is ongoing.A second Canadian from Quebec, Edith Blais, is still missing in Burkina Faso.