Timber refuses to do a De Jong as he addresses Manchester United links
Hours after Frenkie de Jong spoke out about his future amid links to Manchester United, Dutch international teammate Jurrien Timber followed suit.
But unlike De Jong, who appeared to flatly reject the prospect of signing with United, Timber has kept the door wide open.
Timber 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.
“And Ajax is also a big club. We play football in the Champions League and I play there with the best players from The Netherlands. That’s not nothing.”
Timber refuses to do a De Jong
Timber is keeping both doors open. He wants some guarantees over playing time if he is going to move to Manchester United, which is understandable.
He will have seen what has happened to Donny van de Beek at Old Trafford.
But if there is anybody who he can trust, it’s Erik ten Hag, who handed him his Ajax debut and picked him more than 30 times this past season. Manchester United have a chance.
If he is not convinced, then he’s happy to stay. Timber is right to keep the Ajax fans sweet. There’s no harm for him if he remains at the club.
Frenkie de Jong on the other hand, is more adamant he wishes to stay at Barcelona.
“I prefer to stay with Barcelona,” De Jong told ESPN.
“Barcelona is just my dream club. Also from a young age. I just said it too. I’ve never regretted my choice despite the fact that I had hoped for more in terms of prizes than I’ve achieved so far. But I have never regretted my choice.”
United might as well walk away from that one right now.
As for Timber, he says he will make up his mind after the international fixtures.
“I’ll have to think about it again,” he told De Telegraaf, “In the end my feeling will be decisive. The picture has to be right.”
The ball is in United’s court. Unlike De Jong, Timber is open to a potential move, and The Guardian report talks have taken place with Ajax, while Voetball International reports Timber’s representatives have been negotiating a move at Manchester United’s offices.
Let’s see if United can get this one over the line. There is no reason to be discouraged by his comments, unlike his Netherlands teammate.