Černý: “Loyalty is beautiful, but impossible when you don’t play”

Ahead of the European Championships under 21 in Poland, Václav Černý sat down with Czech newspaper iSport.cz to discuss his current situation in Amsterdam and hopes for the future.

“I see the situation more objectively now”, the 19-year-old replied when asked about his lack of first team action. “I was really fuming at one point and didn’t know what to do, I was really angry. But that’s behind me now.”

Černý, who used to get mentioned in the same breath as Amsterdam wonderkids Abdelhak Nouri and Donny van de Beek, made his first team debut under Frank de Boer in 2015. And whilst predicted a bright future by experts and pundits alike, the Czech’s rise to fame has come to an early halt.

“I was used to things revolving around me, even at Ajax for one season, but that suddenly changed. Some of the boys didn’t like Frank (de Boer), who I loved because he gave me my first chance to play top flight football. The lads that now play instead of me, like Justin Kluivert, simply grabbed their chance. The same way I jumped ahead of Viktor Fischer.”

Following the departure of Peter Bosz to Borussia Dortmund, chances are Černý will receive another opportunity to prove himself in the Dutch capital.

“I never had any conflicts with Peter Bosz, but now that he’s gone I don’t want to talk about him. Especially not in a bad manner.”

“First and foremost I would like to stay at Ajax and become the best player there. My goal is to play for Ajax every week and score twenty goals each season. I still want that so much. I’ve been here for four years and I know everyone around here. It would be stupid to say I want to leave, but football is about the player looking at what is best for him. Find ways to become better and improve. Being loyal to a club is beautiful, but it cannot be done when you don’t play at all. But of course I would be delighted if I could play for Ajax for the next three years.”