, UK
Dec 31 2006

Ajax look to tie down young trio

Ajax are in negotiations to extend the contracts of youthful trio
Ryan Babel, Jan Vertonghen and Edgar Manucharyan.

Dutch international winger Babel, 20, is currently tied to the club
until June 2008 but the Amsterdam giants have offered him a
three-year extension.

Versatile Belgian Vertonghen and Armenian striker Manucharyan have
both been on the fringe of the first team, but coach Henk ten Cate
sees them as important players for the future.