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Ajax’s manager gives an update on Antony’s transfer situation

Antony was not included in the squad list for a second consecutive week

By Harry Smith

Antony was not included in the squad list for a second consecutive week
Antony was not included in the squad list for a second consecutive week
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Just like it happened last week, Antony Mathus wasn’t included in the list of players available for their Eredivisie fixture against FC Utrecht. This obviously comes as a consequence after the young player went on strike against his club refusing to train with the rest of his teammates for over a week now after they turned down a €90m bid for him from Manchester United.

Ajax’s manager Alfred Schreuder talked to ESPN before their match when he was asked about the 22-year-old not being included in the team: “The Antony situation hasn’t changed compared to last week. We discuss it internally every day, also with the player. He reports himself at the club and we speak. But I want to focus on the players we have, for now, Antony is not important”.

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Some of Ajax’s board members like Edwin van der Sar, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, and Gerry Hamstra have been spotted at the stands watching the game. Some reports coming from the Netherlands suggest that they will talk to the press after the match in order to address Antony’s situation regarding his possible transfer to Manchester United.

A few days ago, before the Red Devils sent the new deal, it was reported that Edwin van der Sar personally stepped up into the negotiations because of his relationship with both clubs. This was seen as a hint to Manchester United by some of their supporters, but just one day later, it was confirmed that Ajax rejected the €90m bid. Maybe the former goalkeeper will explain what happened.

Done deal

During the first half, one of the closest sources to the Amsterdam giants Gerjan Hamstelaar confirmed that Antony has been sold to the side managed by Erik ten Hag. It is still way too soon to jump to conclusions, but it finally looks like Man United got away with the player they always wanted to reinforce their attacking positions.

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