Antony issues apology to Ajax after £85m Manchester United transfer

    Manchester United winger Antony in his farewell interview with Ajax
    Antony tells Ajax fans: ‘Sorry if I failed you’ (Ajax)

    Antony has issued an apology to Ajax for the manner of his exit before his £85 million move to Manchester United.

    The Brazil international completed his transfer in the final few days of the summer transfer window following several weeks of negotiation between Ajax and United.

    But in order to force through his move to Old Trafford, Antony went on strike with Ajax as he refused to train and missed the club’s last two Eredivisie matches before his departure.

    The 22-year-old, who could make his debut for United in their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday, has now apologised to Ajax and says the club will always be in his heart.

    ‘I felt at home at this club. It’s quite difficult,’ Antony said in his tribute video with Ajax.

    ‘I said goodbye to everyone at the club. From day one, I got an amazing reception, but it is how it is.

    Antony began training with Manchester United this week
    Antony began training with Manchester United this week (Getty)

    ‘I will always have this club and the fans in my heart. They always supported me and put me at ease.

    ‘I’m grateful to my family and to this club that made a lot possible. Even my selection for Brazil began here.

    ‘I will carry this club with me for the rest of my life and I will always keep an eye on it.

    ‘I’m very happy, very, very happy for this opportunity. I’m very grateful to Ajax for the opportunities they gave me. I have grown to love the club. I am grateful for everything.

    ‘It is how it is. Ajax will always be in my heart. I thank everyone. I thank the board, the players and the club. I thank the fans for their warmth. I’m sorry if I failed you but I’m especially thankful for the great reception I got. I will have this club in my heart for the rest of my life. Thank you.’

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