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  1. And to add to that, I think my top bid for De Jong was around 140-150M, but I don't have the screenshot. Also sold Schuurs for around 70-80M to PSG if memory serves me right. EDIT: messed up the quote, message remains the same!
  2. Would be crazy if they got to play in the CL to *really* kick-start their development! Sadly, my Jong Ajax team just always wins the league, so no chance of promotion!
  3. De Ligt and De Jong keep asking what's up at least twice every transfer period, but after I tell them the atmosphere in the group is too good they always understand. However, so many other players are up in arms when I'm refusing bids, but many often come around later. Right now, I have 5 unhappy players in my squad, 3 are starting 11 players. I'll just play them regardless and renew their contracts with 5 + 3 whenever possible! Didn't think about it, thanks!
  4. I'll leave this here for posterity. I have a current transfer fund of 110M, I have all the space to decline. Transfer deadline is over 1 month away, good chance they'll come back with an even higher bid.
  5. Finished my fourth season. Won the league after 26 games, won the cup for the 3rd time and was knocked out of the CL in the quarter finals. Managed to win against Real Madrid in the first knockout rounds, but eventually lost against Liverpool after a horrible 5-1 away. We won 3-0 at home and even looked on par to score the fourth one, but just couldn't do it. I calculated this would be a transitional year so I'm not too phased by the results, but I do expect to reach the semi's next season. I've built a good squad and only have some problems replacing Van de Beek and Mazraoui, as the youngsters coming through aren't yet good enough to take over, although I'm getting there. I've attached screenshots of my most promising youngsters, and as requested, also Pierie and Marin. Pierie is my back-up at left back, because Garza (also included) is just a world class left back. Pierie starts for my Dutch team though, so I always manage his match sharpness and development accordingly. Marin is my undisputed left inside forward, but he's been unhappy the entire season because I wouldn't let him join Man United. He's been putting in amazing games for me though, so I'm no too worried about that. Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong have developed into world class players and every transfer period I'm just clicking 'decline' on all transfer bids coming in. Takes up an annoying amount of time though, so not too pleased with that. My highest bid has been 139M for De Ligt, which I declined with some pain. De Ligt and De Jong are playing at, or close to their full potential. I don't expect any of them to get better though. Gravenberch was my back-up for Ziyech but since I sold him, he's my first choice AMC. He's developing well but he has almost been overtaken by a promising Dutch newgen, Metgod, which I nabbed for 7,5M from AZ. Dave Karelse is my star youngster. He's a MC and plays in my 'De Jong'-position, but I've been giving him more and more game time, as I'm hoping he develops into a better player than De Jong. Right now, my plan is to keep De Jong for one more season and then sell him off, after which Karelse should be almost as good as him. I mentioned having some trouble replacing Van de Beek. He's been doing well, but hasn't become a world class player, although he's not bad by any stretch of imagination. Still, I'm looking to improve my future team, and as such, I spent 47,5M on a young MC (DLP-D or BBM) from PSV, Jalal Saidi. He's already a decent player and I expect him to grow a lot more in the following season. I'm planning on going the Karelse-route for him, so I'm going to give him a lot of game time next season and replace van de Beek after next season, if everything goes to plan. I found 2 amazing Belgian newgens: Jurado and Vandeputte. Jurado ousted Tadic as right winger, while Vandeputte replaced Dolberg as a striker. Dolberg hasn't developed the way I hoped, so replacing him was easy. Vandeputte really has been putting in a lot of work lately, playing well, scoring a lot and developing amazingly. Jurado too, so I'm not complaining there. Also added my Uruguay butcher DC, Walter Britos, who is a capable stand-in for De Ligt. Arnold de Groot (DL), Mohamed Benali (DC), Jorg Metgod (AMC) and Mohammed Mathijssen (AML) should become part of my core team in the next 2 seasons. I'm hoping to play this formation in the near future: GK (Onana/newgen); RB (weakest position, have some youngsters but not sure if any of them are world class), de Ligt, Benali, De Groot; Saidi, Karelse; Jurado, Metgod, Mathijssen; Vandeputte. If everything pans out the way I'm hoping, this would mean a strong Dutch core of players, aided by two stellar Belgians and some other mercenaries on the bench. I'm not sure how much longer I'll be playing this save. I feel like I have a really strong team and I feel the CL is well within range, but getting knocked out early is frustrating and domestic games are starting to become tedious, as expected. I'll be playing at least one more season and evaluate after.
  6. Yeah, he's doing well, although I have a newgen from our very own academy waiting in the wings to take over. He's almost better than Frenkie already!
  7. Damn, amazingly done! Can you share your tactics / first team?
  8. No, but I'm not too concerned with that. He plays as a MC - DLP-S for me and doesn't often find himself in positions where his finishing stats matter. However, I can imagine scenario's where you'd like to see his finishing attribute raised. I'm not entirely sure how to make that happen, but probably train him in a position and role that touches his finishing stat, such as 'AMC - shadow striker'.
  9. I don't do anything to be honest. There are a few reasons: (1) Ajax has its reputation increased because of doing well in Europe, (2) the Dutch competition has had its reputation increased because of good European campaigns by a few clubs (including Feyenoord and Groningen) and (3) they have become (much) better players. I'd rather not lose Schuurs though, as he was the ideal back-up CB after de Ligt and has a model citizen personality, but I felt like 87M was too much to turn down. And I have some more good young CB prospects, so I'm sure I can cope. As for the bids, I don't do anything and the bids just... come right in. I always decline withouth negotiating whatsoever, which seems to drive the price up a bit. So far, had the following offers: De Ligt 139M from Man Utd. Always ignore these because I want De Ligt to be my CB for the next 10+ years. De Jong: 61M from Barca and PSG. Am starting to get tempted because he's never really critical to my games and I have a very good young prospect waiting in the wings. Dolberg: 45M from Dortmund Pierie: 30-50M Wober: 20M Ziyech: Just accepted 50M, had a 70M offer a few seasons ago when I couldn't miss him, with Gravenberch developing I don't see his value anymore. Onana: 30M Basically my entire first team (starting 11 and subs) are being watched and actively being bidded for. I dread transfer windows because of all the offers for my players and me constantly having to placate my players. As for the second part of your question: attributes are never hard coded to (not) improve. It's either a bug or because of an editor file. You can edit the competitions to allow B teams to be promoted. Before posting about this bug, check if you are running an editor file which enables this.
  10. Sound good, am interested to see how your players will develop! Hopefully you can secure a top 2 finish in your CL group this year as well! My most curious piece of business in FM ever has been me selling Mazraoui (at CA/PA 150, I've checked) to PSV for 90M, then PSG not playing him, and me subsequently loaning him back the following season, on 10% of his wages (25,5k) and no further fee. Kind of elated to see him back, as I think his leaving us made my side a lot weaker than I'm willing to admit. EDIT: Just sold Schuurs to Barcelona for 87M, although some parts are locked behind clauses, such as 15M after 10 international games (I'm the current Dutch manager, I reckon this wouldn't be impossible) and 15M after 50 games for them. Schuurs is a good player (linked his profile earlier in this thread) but I'm not sure if he's good enough for Barca. We'll see!
  11. Same, sadly. Manually editing the file breaks it even further for me. Looks promising so hopefully it's possible to upload a (verified) version of the file!
  12. ^ LOL at the blatant self promoting linked blog post in a topic only remotely linked to that topic in the first place. On topic: I tend to look for distinct profiles based on the position and role the players will play in my team. I have learnt that just high ratings for attributes in itself can be somewhat overrated, and you should most definitely pay attention to well rounded players with no glaring attribute omissions. I personally like especially well rounded players in wide positions, most notably the left and right back. I don't like players with comparatively 'low' ratings in aspects that matter for that position. I'm totally ok with just 'passable' ratings (which in my Ajax save game is around 11-15), as long as they have no glaring bad sides. They should both defend and attack, so I want ratings that reflect that mentality. I added a screenshot of my right back Noussair Mazraoui at the start of the 3rd season, at which point I sold him for 90M to PSG. He's my picture perfect (wing) back and half a season in I actually regret having sold him! My central defenders should have good defensive stats (ideally 16+) but need at least passable offensive stats (11-15's for passing, first touch etc.). Central (attacking) midfielders need good to excellent passing stats (17+ for passing, vision etc.). I like offensive wide players with good technique, off the ball and first touch, work rate and team work, as I like to play high pressing tactics. Just as I like my backs well rounded, I also like my strikers well rounded. I like a clinical striker also able to support the team with more than just goals, although these strikers are somewhat hard to find. Hope this helps!
  13. Set it up myself. In addition to position, pay attention to which social group individual players belong. In my save, Blind, De Ligt and Schuurs are all model citizens, de Jong is Resolute and they are coming at an age where I don't really have to worry about their personalities degrading.
  14. What a time to be alive! Rejected the offer, of course, but I'm probably accepting in 1-2 years when I have a suitable replacement lined up! EDIT: Just lost the first game of the first knockout round of the CL 4-0 away against Atletico Madrid. Gutted. We're progressing as a team, but don't seem to be able to break into the final rounds of the tournament.
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