Erik ten Hag to Man Utd ‘confirmed’ by Ajax chief in fascinating admission

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Erik ten Hag to Man Utd ‘confirmed’ by Ajax chief in fascinating admission

Erik ten Hag, who failed to sign a new deal with Ajax, appears to be on his way to Manchester United, according to Ajax chief Gerry Hamstra.

When asked about Ten Hag ahead of Sunday’s Dutch Cup final against PSV Eindhoven, the newly-appointed technical director, who succeeded Marc Overmars, admitted he had tried “everything” to keep hold of their manager so far.

Hamstra even acknowledged that a new contract was on the table for the Dutchman and promised to keep trying to persuade him to stay.

“I can be very succinct about that,” he told ESPN Netherlands of Ten Hag’s situation. 

“We have done everything we can and are doing everything we can to keep him on board. Contract extension offered? Yes. More money? Everything that comes with it, without going into detail.”

Hamstra also revealed the ball is in Ten Hag’s court, adding: “Erik can ultimately determine his own future, he is old and wise enough for that. 

“We have two scenarios: we really hope he stays, it makes sense that there is interest in him. And if he doesn’t stay, we have to be ready for the second scenario.”

Ten Hag’s current deal expires in a little over a year, and he is reported to have signed a verbal agreement to join United this summer.

Even though rumours about his next transfer simmered throughout the second half of the season, Ajax captain Dusan Tadic provided an honest assessment of his manager earlier this week.

“I hope he stays, he is a great trainer,” Tadic said of Ten Hag. “One of the best in the world. Tactically he thinks two steps ahead of the opponent. It is a pleasure to work with him.

” It is logical that there is interest in Ajax’s trainer and players. That will always be the case. That is also why we are Ajax. We also have to radiate that.”

Ten Hag has led the team to the top of the Eredivisie table, with a four-point advantage over PSV as they seek to defend their title.

The highly-rated manager reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019, and he beat off Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino to take over at Old Trafford for the 2019 season.


Erik ten Hag to Man Utd ‘confirmed’ by Ajax chief in fascinating admission

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