Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez revealed he is flattered by the recent reports linking him with a move to Barcelona.
The 20-year-old centre-back made a switch to Amsterdam ArenA from Colombian outfit Atletico Nacional last summer. He signed a five-year deal with the Dutch club. And before he signed for Ajax, he was attracting interest from Barcelona. However, the centre-back snubbed advances from the Catalan club as he was not keen on playing Barcelona's reserve team.
According to Spanish publication Sport, his impressive form for Ajax has seen him attract interest from Barcelona. The club has requested Ajax director of football Marc Overmars to not make any decisions on Sanchez without advising the La Liga giants in advance.
The Colombian international hinted that his long-term future remains away from Ajax, but admitted that his immediate focus remains with his current employers.
"People in South America know Ajax as a nice gateway to a good career in Europe. But I only just got here and I want to achieve something before making the next step," Sanchez told Voetbal International.
"It is very flattering to be linked with a club like Barcelona. I am not thinking about it for now. Ajax are my main priority at this stage."
Ajax are in the quarter-final of the Europa League where they are pitted against Schalke. The first leg of the tie will be played in Germany on 13 April. They are also in the race to win the Dutch league as they are second in the league table with 72 points after 30 games, trailing leaders Feyenoord by a point.
Sanchez won the 2016 Copa Libertadores with Atletico Nacional and has set his sights on winning silverware with Ajax this season.
"We are still in the race to win two competitions. With Atlético Nacional, I have been able to experience last year how beautiful it is to win silverware," he explained.
Sanchez has been a regular inclusion in Ajax's back four, making 29 appearances for Peter Bosz's side in the Eredivisie. He has five goals and an assist to his name in the Dutch league. Johan Cruyff's former right-hand man Tonny Bruins Slot compared the South American star's style of play with Barcelona legend Carles Puyol, and claimed that he is "even better that Gerard Pique."