Ghana forward Mohammed Kudus has brought his impressive form for Ajax onto the World Cup stage.

Kudus struck two goals in Ghana’s win over South Korea, highlighting the talent which Erik ten Hag spotted when he signed him for Ajax.

Ten Hag signed him from Danish side Nordsjaelland in 2020 – beating competition from Manchester United, reported by EkstraBladet.

Kudus then suffered a serious knee injury and has saw his time working under Ten Hag restricted due to his recovery, finally hitting form as a key player for the club this season, after a host of summer departures.

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Kudus credits Erik ten Hag

Kudus has scored 10 goals for Ajax this season including four in six Champions League games.

While his best form for Ajax is now coming under Alfred Schreuder, due to his previous injury issues, Kudus has credited Ten Hag as being the key to his success.

Ajax’s record of developing players helped Kudus see Ajax as a more sensible intermediary career choice rather than jumping straight to Manchester United.

Speaking ahead of Ghana’s grudge match against Uruguay, Kudus was quoted by Algemeen Dagblad praising the current Manchester United boss.

He said: “Because the club is known for developing talent. I talked about that with trainer Erik ten Hag.

“In his style of play, creative and attacking, I saw myself. It was exactly in line with my personal qualities and how I wanted to develop.”

Kudus is now showing what he is all about, displaying the qualities he showed at Nordsjaelland as a teenager.

He can play as an attacking midfielder, out wide, or as a striker, and there is considerable interest in his services heading into the transfer window, even more increased by his World Cup displays.

RAC 1 has linked Kudus to Barcelona, and Ghana SoccerNet claim Arsenal and Liverpool are both keen, with Ajax valuing him at around £30 million.

No club is better placed than Manchester United to sign Kudus, of course, thanks to previous interest and Erik ten Hag.

But Manchester United know that any further transfer pursuits of Ajax players will come at a high cost. Both clubs would rather avoid renewing negotiations so soon after the summer.

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