Ajax boss mocks Manchester United after rejected Antony bid


    Antony is keen to join Manchester United this summer
    Antony is keen to join Manchester United this summer (AFP via Getty)

    Ajax head coach Alfred Schreuder has reminded Antony that he would be missing out on Champions League football if he opted to join Manchester United this summer.

    Erik ten Hag is keen to bring the Brazilian winger to Old Trafford but Ajax are standing firm over their €100 million (£84.8m) valuation.

    United have seen multiple offers for Antony rejected by Ajax but it’s understood that the Premier League club will continue to press ahead with their move this week.

    Antony missed Ajax’s 1-0 victory against Sparta Rottterdam on Sunday and refused to turn up to training last week in an apparent attempt to force through a switch to United.

    But Schreuder believes Antony will remain at Ajax this summer.

    ‘I just want Antony to stay, so I assume he will not be sold,’ Schreuder told ESPN.

    ‘The money in question is absurd, but we’ve already sold five or six core players. I don’t think it’s right if we sell another player.’

    Erik ten Hag is keen to bring Antony with him to Manchester United
    Erik ten Hag is keen to bring Antony with him to Manchester United (ANP Sport via Getty)

    Asked if Ajax are in a position to refuse such a huge bid from United, Schreuder replied: ‘I cannot judge that, the club has to judge that.

    ‘But I think we’re very strong financially.’

    Asked whether he feels Antony will remain at Ajax, Schreuder replied: ‘My feeling about that is good, but I also understand such a boy. It is difficult.

    ‘But we play Champions League and I don’t think Manchester United do that. We’ll see what happens.’

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