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Erik Ten Hag transfer target issues harsh current club rejection, goes on strike to secure Man Utd transfer

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The Brazilian international was asked if he could give fans of the Dutch club any assurances that he would still be in Amsterdam at the end of the month when the transfer window closes.

Erik Ten Hag transfer target issues harsh current club rejection, goes on strike to secure Man Utd transfer

Antony, a  Manchester United target, refused to publicly commit to Ajax just hours before going on strike in an attempt to force a £72.3 million move to Old Trafford.

The Brazilian international was asked if he could give fans of the Dutch club any assurances that he would still be in Amsterdam at the end of the month when the transfer window closes.

He answered: “No, to be perfectly honest, I can’t.

“What I can say is that I want to come to the right decision with my family, business partners and Ajax, which is good for everyone.

“In the end, God determines my future.

“I am very happy at Ajax, I have a contract until the summer of 2025 and I will give everything for this beautiful club for every second.

“If we all decide that I will stay here, then I know that this is the best thing for me and the club. It’s not like I have to leave.

“Now I am focusing on playing football and have put all other matters in the hands of my agents and my brother. They will advise me on what is best.”

Antony granted the interview to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf just as United were considering a bid worth £63.8 million upfront and an additional £8.3 million in add-ons.

Ajax immediately turned down the offer, insisting that the 23-year-old is not for sale.

Antony, on the other hand, is desperate to follow former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag to Manchester.

When he arrived at his club’s De Toekomst training ground on Friday, he told Alfred Schreuder that he wasn’t mentally prepared to train.

Antony worked out in the gym while Schreuder put the rest of his squad through their paces ahead of Sunday’s match at Sparta Rotterdam.

Ajax refused to comment on reports that Antony had downed tools in order to facilitate his departure from the club.

However, United’s interest has turned the winger’s head, and his advisers have flown into Amsterdam from South America in preparation for a deal to be done.

Antony admitted that watching Ten Hag go through a baptism of fire at Old Trafford was difficult.

The Dutchman is the first manager in over a century to lose his first two games in charge of Manchester United.

And, after a 2-1 loss to Brighton on the opening day, followed by a 4-0 thrashing at Brentford, the Reds head into Monday night’s showpiece clash with Liverpool under pressure.

Antony said: “Erik has been super important to me. I am grateful to him and wish him all the best.

“I will always cheer for Erik after working so closely together.

“I have not been able to celebrate or cheer for him as he got no points yet. I couldn’t until now anyway and that makes me sad.

“But knowing Erik, I am convinced that he will turn the tide soon.

“ Manchester United will improve at his hand. At his previous clubs he has proven that his method works.”

The Dutchman is the first manager in over a century to lose his first two games in charge of Manchester United.

And, after a 2-1 loss to Brighton on the opening day, followed by a 4-0 thrashing at Brentford, the Reds head into Monday night’s showpiece clash with Liverpool under pressure.

Antony said: “I am grateful to God for every day that I am on the field.

“He has given me the opportunity in Europe, at Ajax, to realise my dream.

“We are playing in the Champions League and I enjoy being here.

“Thanks to Ajax I have become a more complete footballer; more effective especially and more of a team player. Every day I want to become a better footballer.

“I always enjoyed watching Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, the clubs that did so well in the Champions League.

“But I was very interested in all the big teams with Brazilian players.

“That I got to play with Ajax in the Champions League against Liverpool was a dream come true.”

Erik Ten Hag transfer target issues harsh current club rejection, goes on strike to secure Man Utd transfer

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