Jurrien Timber has admitted that he plans on leaving Ajax at the end of the season, and has explained why he chose to stay at the club this summer, clarifying that Louis van Gaal didn’t tell him not to join Manchester United as has been claimed.
At the start of the transfer window, it looked like Timber would follow Erik ten Hag to Old Trafford with the Dutch manager keen on signing him.
Ultimately though, he decided to stay, and there were reports that he did so because Netherlands manager Van Gaal told him to.
He says that’s untrue, and that Van Gaal actually told him he thought he’d play a lot at Man Utd.
“A lot of things that came out weren’t right… Like the fact that the national coach advised me not to go to United,” Timber told AD.
“During the last international period I spoke with Van Gaal. He just said, and I feel that myself, that if I make that choice, he knew that I was going to make minutes there. You never know for sure, but I also have that confidence.
“The national coach expresses his confidence in me.”
As for his future beyond this season, the defender has admitted he’s planning to leave Ajax.
“Whether agreements have been made to make a transfer next year? That is the plan, so yes,” he said.
“But you never know how things will turn out eventually. But we’ve had good talks about that together with Ajax.”