Jurrien Timber reveals his Ajax exit is getting ‘closer’

Speaking to De Telegraaf this week, Ajax defender Jurrien Timber has answered several questions surrounding his future at the club. The 21-year-old indicated that a move away from the Ajax is getting ‘closer’.

Timber broke into the Ajax senior squad in 2019, under current Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag. The Utrecht-born defender is now an integral part of the Ajax squad, having helped them to two Eredivisie titles and one KNVB Cup in the last three seasons. Timber was handed his senior national team debut in June 2021 and has since gone on to make 15 appearances for the Netherlands. 

Speaking about his future at Ajax, the former Manchester United transfer target said: ‘My transfer is getting closer and closer. There is a lot of specific interest for the summer.’ Timber did make it clear that his main focus at the moment is on Ajax. ‘I am very much preoccupied with Ajax right now because I know how important the next few weeks are for the club and the team,’ he said.

Last summer it appeared that a move to Manchester United could have been on the cards for Timber. Erik ten Hag, who left Ajax to become United manager last May was rumoured to have been keen on bringing him to the Premier League. After months of speculation, the defender decided to extend his stay at Ajax, signing a three-year extension contract with the club. ‘Last summer, Ajax asked me to renew my contract and to stay for one more season. Out of love for the club, I did this. At the end of the season we will review the situation again,’ he said.

Timber added ‘I talk a lot with guys who play football abroad. I want to make that step one day too. But when that is, you will hear eventually and it will happen in consultation with Ajax. I am still comfortable here and I am in no hurry. The focus is now on the cup final and the rest of the league.’

GBeNeFN Hugo Hargreaves

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