THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) It is not so much his failing health, but the current state of Dutch football that is leaving legendary midfielder Johan Cruyff dejected.

In his first Dutch newspaper column since news broke that he is battling lung cancer, Cruyff says the outpouring of tributes that followed was ''emotional and heart-warming.''

The former Ajax and Barcelona great gave no new details of his illness in his Monday column for Dutch daily De Telegraaf, saying he is still undergoing tests to determine what kind of lung cancer he has.

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After three paragraphs, Cruyff's column reverts to its usual theme: Dispensing wisdom about football around the world and in particular in the Netherlands.

He laments poor performances by Dutch clubs in Europe last week, saying tactical errors are enough to ''make you dejected.''