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Ajax sporting director slams Manchester United over Antony switch

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Antony made a really late transfer to Manchester United in the course of the switch window (Image: EPA)

Ajax sporting director Gerry Hamstra has hit out at Manchester United’s timing of their pursuit and eventual signing of Antony, however admitted their monumental bid was too good to show down.

The Crimson Devils had two bids turned down for the Brazilian earlier than they finally bought their man for a price which might rise to round £86m.

It’s the most a Dutch membership has ever acquired for a participant, and a mind-boggling sum for a 22-year-old who has by no means performed in one in every of Europe’s largest leagues.

Nonetheless, it was an excessive amount of cash to show down for Ajax, regardless of the membership not desirous to lose any extra gamers after a summer season of upheaval.

Not solely had supervisor Erik ten Hag departed for Previous Trafford and brought Lisandro Martinez with him, however the likes of Ryan Gravenberch, Sebastien Heller, Nicolas Tagliafico and Noussair Mazraoui additionally moved on.

Hamstra was left very annoyed that Ajax then misplaced Antony shortly earlier than the switch window closed, criticising United’s timing of lastly assembly the asking worth for the ahead.

Manchester United’s timing was so unhealthy,’ Hamstra informed De Telegraaf. ‘The previous couple of days [of the window] grew to become much more hectic after Ajax had already gone by a significant rebuild of the squad following the departure of numerous top-class gamers.

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Gerry Hamstra (left) had been left annoyed by Manchester United (Image: Getty Photographs)

‘It was so tough to go away our supervisor with such a void. All of us assume we misplaced too many first-team gamers who all the time begin. We had a summer season with completely totally different expectations.

‘We wished to maintain the group collectively as a lot as attainable to have the ability to carry out properly within the Champions League and to hold on being profitable.

‘That’s what we talked about with Alfred [Schreuder]. In fact we knew there have been a couple of snags.

‘However nobody had foreseen that our gamers can be purchased for such large sums of cash.’

Antony’s late departure didn’t depart Ajax lengthy to switch him, though they did herald Lucas Ocampos on mortgage from Sevilla.

The lack of gamers is but to hurt them on the sector, with 5 wins from 5 within the Eredivisie up to now, forward of the beginning of their Champions League marketing campaign on Wednesday at house to Rangers.


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