Ajax star Brian Brobbey reveals text from Erik ten Hag and explains Manchester United snub

    Ajax star Brian Brobbey reveals text from Erik ten Hag and explains Manchester United snub
    The forward ultimately decided to return to Amsterdam this summer (Pictures: Getty)

    Ajax striker Brian Brobbey has confirmed that he spoke to Erik ten Hag about a potential move to Manchester United this summer but rejected his old manager’s advances.

    The Red Devils have been looking for a new forward to provide cover and competition up top, with an early injury to Anthony Martial and Cristiano Ronaldo’s lack of sharpness resulting in Christian Eriksen leading the line on the opening day of the season as a false nine.

    Ten Hag identified the lack of options to play through the middle as an issue early on in his reign and one of the first signings he tried to make was former charge Brobbey.

    The 20-year-old – who came through the academy in Amsterdam before leaving for RB Leipzig last summer – spent the second half of last season back on loan at Ajax, netting seven goals in 11 Eredivisie matches under Ten Hag.

    Just a year after his move to Germany, Leipzig opted to sell Brobbey back to Ajax over the summer for a fee of around £13million.

    United were also linked with a move at the time and the young forward has now confirmed that he did receive an approach from Ten Hag about joining him at Old Trafford, but he felt he still had unfinished business back at Ajax.

    ‘I absolutely wanted to come back to Ajax,’ Brobbey told Voetbal International. ‘Erik also wanted to work with me again, he texted me once to see if I was open to it.

    Ajax star Brian Brobbey reveals text from Erik ten Hag and explains Manchester United snub
    Brobbey feels Ajax is the right place to continue developing (Picture: Getty)

    ‘But I thanked him nicely and told him I wanted to go back to Ajax. My friends are here, Ajax’s playing style… it just wasn’t finished yet.

    ‘I first have to really succeed here as a striker in the Ajax first team. That’s also how the past six months have felt, when I played here on loan. After that I really had the feeling that I needed to come back.’

    Brobbey might be open to a move in the future, however, and is adamant Ajax will get a healthy return on the £13m they spent this summer – a big outlay for the Dutch club considering he was on their books only a year earlier.

    He added: ‘Believe me, in a few years I will provide a nice transfer fee for Ajax and then the club will have made a nice profit.’

    After failing to tempt Brobbey to move to Old Trafford, Ten Hag has been frustrated in his search for a backup striker – most notably having to pull the plug on a deal for Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic after a backlash from supporters.

    United are still working to bring in a new frontman before the window closes, with a loan move for Alvaro Morata perhaps the most likely option, while Ten Hag is also looking to be reunited with Ajax winger Antony.

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