Hakim Ziyech has signed a one-year contract extension at Ajax amid rumours that Bayern Munich was in for the Moroccan midfielder.
Bayern was thought to be keen to step up their pursuit of Ziyech after it was confirmed Manchester City star Leroy Sane sustained ACL damage in his right knee that will keep him out for several months.
Ziyech was reported to be available for €35million, as per his buyout clause, but he looks set to stay in Amsterdam for the foreseeable future after signing a deal that runs until June 2022.
Ziyech followed in the footsteps of David Neres, who also agreed on a one-year extension in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
This news will come as a major coup for Ajax after a summer where they have seen numerous key players walk out of the exit door. Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, Maximilian Wobee, Daley Sinkgraven and Lasse Schone are the high-profile sales from a side that stunningly reached the UEFA Champions League semifinals last season.
Bayern's search for high-quality, creative wide midfielders will go on after their vain efforts to sign Ziyech and the retirements of veteran duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. James Rodriguez has also returned to Real Madrid after a two-season loan at Allianz Arena.