Erik ten Hag, the new manager of Manchester United, has confirmed that there is no agreement in place with Ajax that prevents him from signing any of his current players. Following Ten Hag’s appointment, a number of Amsterdam club stars, including Antony, Jurrien Timber, and, most recently, Sebastien Haller, have been expected to accompany him to the Premier League.
However, the 52-year-old has refused to give Ajax fans any assurances that all of their players will remain at the club when the new season begins.
When asked if Ajax had placed a prohibition on him signing their players, he replied to Voetbal International, “No, there are no agreements regarding that.” I currently have extremely good players, so it’s not a problem.”
Following weeks of disruptive and intense speculation, Ten Hag’s appointment was finally made official following the 2-1 KNVB Cup final defeat to PSV Eindhoven.
His unveiling has now freed up Ajax to concentrate on winning the third Eredivisie title of his career, which may happen as soon as this weekend…
The Dutch strategist allegedly informed United that if he is within 48 hours of an Ajax match, he wants the club to leave him alone so that he can focus on the current task at hand without extraneous distractions.
And now he’s disputed that he’s already thinking about the future with United, underlining his resolve to end the season strongly with Ajax.
“I am not currently associated with Manchester United.” “I’m working on Ajax right now,” he continued.
“I’m used to it [the anticipation of him taking over in Manchester].” Ajax is also a big club, but it’s about football, not the media. I now have to put on a show with Ajax.”
Ten Hag takes a similar attitude when it comes to answering queries about the future of other United stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese international forward is set to finish the second year of his contract at Old Trafford, with United having the option to extend his stay by another year at the end of next season.
“Those are issues for the future.” “We’re in a crucial title race and a crucial week,” he remarked.
“I now want to concentrate my efforts on that rather than on Manchester United.”
Ten Hag was particularly thrilled by a viral video of a new chant created by United fans for their new manager.
“I’ve seen that.” It’s inventive and well-researched. “It’s playful and enjoyable,” Ten Hag continued.