Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri suffered “serious and permanent brain damage” after collapsing in a friendly match on Saturday.

The 20-year-old had “cardiac arrhythmias” – heart rhythm problems – during the game against Werder Bremen.

The club statement said the chance of recovery from the damage is nil.

The Amsterdam-born player was flown by helicopter to hospital in Austria – where the abandoned friendly match was being played.

Former Manchester United and Fulham goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, now CEO at Ajax, said: “This is the worst possible message. It is terrible. We feel enormously for his parents, siblings and other relatives.

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