Jurrien Timber will not turn Manchester United down, says ex Ajax star
Jurrien Timber spoke out about his future this week after The Guardian reported talks had taken place with Ajax over a move to Manchester United.
The centre-back is currently on international duty with the Netherlands, and he made clear he is keeping his options wide open.
He told told De Telegraaf: “You can go to a big club. But if you’re not going to play there, it’s better to stay at Ajax.
“I’ll have to think about it again. In the end my feeling will be decisive. The picture has to be right.”
Jurrien Timber will not turn Manchester United down
Turning down Manchester United is easier said than done. Erik ten Hag can testify, after being tempted away from Ajax to join the Red Devils.
Former Ajax star Marciano Vink, an Eredivisie title winner with Ajax in 1990 and PSV in 1997, believes Timber will not turn Manchester United down.
Speaking to Ajax Life, he talked up the defender’s qualities: “That boy is indispensable at the back of Ajax. Timber has shown this season that he is always top when it comes to it. Also in Orange.
“There is not a moment where I say: that was very bad. He has achieved a constant, high level.”
Vink is adamant Timber will perform strongly in the Premier League. He said: “Good is good. Timber is also very stable in his head, such a boy floats to the surface everywhere, no matter which top club you place him at. So if there is a nice offer from a very nice club? Why not?”
“I don’t feel like going after the crowd and saying he’s way too young to go to the Premier League.
“Timber is certainly an option for Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, I think. Just like Antony. When Manchester United reports, you will not say: I will stay at Ajax for another year. Why would you?”
The experience Donny van de Beek has had, is certainly one reason not to, but with Ten Hag at the helm, this is highly unlikely to happen to Timber at Old Trafford.
Timber may feel that due to his age, opportunities will come further down the line, but you never know in football. An injury or loss of form, and a switch of priority from United, could lead him to regret saying no.