Ajax boss opens up on future of Antony and Timber amid Manchester United interest

Date published: Friday 24th June 2022 2:28 - Jason Soutar

Ajax duo Jurrien Timber and Antony celebrate a goal

Ajax boss Alfred Schreuder is confident that Jurrien Timber will not join Manchester United this summer, but is unsure what the future holds for Antony.

Timber was advised to stay at Ajax by Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal, who told the player that he would not be included in his World Cup squad if he is not a regular starter at club level.

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Antony, on the other hand, is much more likely to depart Amsterdam this summer.

Various reports have suggested the Brazilian forward is open to leaving with United circling. Chelsea have also been linked and could hijack the Red Devils’ move.

After taking charge of his first training session as Ajax boss after replacing new United manager Erik ten Hag, Schreuder was asked about the future of both players.

On Van Gaal’s advice for Timber to stay at Ajax, he told ESPN (quotes via Voetbal Primeur): “I hope that is settled.

He continued: “I think this boy is very smart. He knows very well what is good for himself to develop. And I think he is not finished at Ajax. As I spoke to him, he knows very well what he is doing And if you also see him play in the Dutch national team and play at Ajax: that makes you happy.”

Asked if Timber will stay in Amsterdam,┬áSchreuder replied: “I hope so and I assume that.”

The 49-year-old added: “Erik knows that he should not buy players from Ajax. No, that is a joke. You never know in football. But it is not important to me to talk about Erik or United. We have to talk about Ajax and we know that we are a very big and strong club.”

On Antony: “Clearly we want to keep that boy. He has a contract until 2025. But I’m not about that. I’m about the line-up. And I really want to work with him, he knows that and the club knows that too.”

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