Ajax star Jurrien Timber has, on Thursday, provided his take on the ongoing speculation linking teammate Antony with a move to England with Manchester United.
Reports pointing towards Brazilian international Antony taking his talents to the Premier League have of course resurfaced in a major way of late.
Amid ongoing efforts on the part of the powers that be on the red half of Manchester to reinforce the club’s frontline, the 22-year-old has been identified as the ideal addition on the part of former boss Erik ten Hag.
Having already lost star defender Lisandro Martinez to the Red Devils this summer, though, Ajax, thus far, have remained staunch in their stance that Antony simply isn’t for sale.
In fact, reports in the media early last week went as far as to suggest that the Dutch champions had rebuffed an offer in the region of €80 million from United.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of his teammate’s future was put to another of Ajax’s star performers.
The player in question? Jurrien Timber.
Stopper Timber, of course, was too tipped for an Old Trafford switch earlier this summer, only to ultimately reject the Red Devils in favour of remaining in Amsterdam.
The youngster, in turn, was drawn on the prospect of Antony’s potential departure, and whether he has provided the Brazilian with any advice on the subject.
Timber, though, was keen to keep his cards close to his chest in responding:
“It’s hard to communicate with him because of his lack of English. But I agree with what the manager just said about it.”
Pressed further on whether the saga surrounding Antony’s future has had a negative impact on Ajax’s squad, Timber added:
“Of course the ‘Antony saga’ plays a role in our squad, but we are trying to focus on the upcoming game.”