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Ajax’s manager says Antony would be crazy to go to play the Europa League

By Harry Smith

Ajax’s manager says Antony would be crazy to go to play the Europa League

Alfred Schreuder remains confident that Antony will stay at Ajax this summer

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Ahead of their next Eredivisie fixture this Sunday against FC Utrecht, Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder, and his player Jurriën Timber held a press conference in which they were asked about the Champions League draw, their next match, and of course, Antony Santos’ future, which remains unknown while Manchester United are pushing for him.

The manager is very confident his player will stay: “Antony is not training with the group, but I do see him every day. Nothing has changed since last Sunday. I accept it at this moment”. When asked about having a deadline to make a decision, he said: “We don’t have a deadline. But I am assuming Antony will stay at Ajax. he has a contract with Ajax”.

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He opened up the possibility of the 22-year-old being included in the list of players available for their next match even though he hasn’t trained with the rest of his teammates since last Friday: “Antony could become part of the group against FC Utrecht if the situation changes in the upcoming days”. When a reporter asked him if Antony would be crazy to change the Champions League for the Europa League, he said: “Absolutely”.

Jurriën Timber, who was also linked with United earlier this summer said that the situation is affecting the squad: “Of course, the ‘Antony saga’ plays a role in our squad, but we are trying to focus on the upcoming game. It’s hard to communicate with him because of his lack of English. But I agree with what the manager just said about it”.

Both clubs trying their best

One of Manchester United's closest sources, Samuel Luckhurst reported today that the club’s board remains confident that they will end up signing Antony before the transfer deadline day in one week. On the other hand, Mike Verweij from De Telegraaf, who is really close to Ajax said today that another meeting between Antony and Ajax will take place today.

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