Ajax chief says club needs to evaluate after “annoying” Manchester United transfer

The timing of Antony's move to Manchester United has been termed "annoying" by Ajax technical director Gerry Hamstra, particularly because they want to keep the player.

After months of rumors regarding his future, the Brazilian sealed a €95 million transfer to Manchester United earlier this week, securing his place at Old Trafford and his reunion with Erik ten Hag.

Despite numerous reports linking him to Manchester United during the summer, Ajax resisted letting him leave the club despite another summer of high-profile departures.

Manchester United resisted and pursued other opportunities before returning toward the end of the window with a sizable bid to secure their man.

Once more, Ajax shown their determination to keep their guy, but they eventually gave in after Antony went on strike to force the transfer to Manchester United.

Due to the example he and others set, he has received harsh criticism in the Netherlands from both fans and players due to the poor standards it set for other players at the club with both Mohammed Kudus and Edson Álvarez refusing to train in a failed attempt to force a move to Everton and Cheldea.

The timing of the transfer, however, was the most annoying aspect for Hamstra because it forced him and his team to scramble to locate a replacement.

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Where now for Ajax?

Speaking to ESPN Netherlands he said, “We as Ajax are not at the top of the food chain, the English clubs are,” 

“And then this can happen. The transfer period is open for three months, but at the end it goes wild. It was reasonably quiet with us, until the transfer of Antony.

“We wanted to keep him, because we have ambition. We want to become champions and go far in the Champions League.”

“The timing of that transfer was annoying. It suddenly became hectic and the KNVB did not help by closing the transfer market for Dutch clubs a day earlier than abroad.

“There was a lot of unrest. And as I said, that is something we are going to evaluate well.”