Former Ajax coach Gery Vink tells opposite De Volkskrant that in the youth no one got through to Sergiño Dest. That is why the former youth coach of Ajax thinks it is clever that he has turned the button these days.
Vink was Dest’s trainer in his time at Ajax in the Under 17s. He soon saw that the right back of Ajax has a lot of talent, but he was not at all pleased with his attitude. “He could play football, but his behavior was extremely strange.”
‘Many creative, idiosyncratic players build up a dossier of missteps as teenagers, but Sergiño’s is very special’, Vink continues. ‘He had a lot of trouble with authority, but also with himself. He wanted to be different from the rest. He showed up once with a white sweatband that basketball star LeBron James also wears or a different shirt. He wanted to play matches in one of these ways. ‘
Vink is very pleased with the change at Dest. ‘No one got through to him and he was equally unapproachable at school. I think it’s great that he has now reached this level. Sergiño could not be coached in the youth. You really had to be on top of it. Winston Bogarde, who then trained the defenders, and I were tough on him. That was the only way. ‘
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