Louis van Gaal played a key role in Jurrien Timber’s decision to reject Manchester United, according to reports.
The 21-year-old is considered one of the brightest prospects in the Eredivisie, and Erik ten Hag was keen to take the central defense with him from kl. Ajax to Old Trafford.
However, Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan has revealed that former United boss Van Gaal, who now heads the Netherlands, made it clear to Timber that he should stay at Ajax for another season.
Timber’s representatives have already held talks with United, but a move was rejected by Van Gaal, indicating that the defender could miss a place in the Netherlands’ World Cup squad later this year if he does not get regular football at Old Trafford.
“I think the player was ready to come,” Van der Kraan told Sky Sports.
“His agents took over for London to Manchester United’s offices two weeks ago and I think they had very good talks. Money was never an issue.
“But then a man appeared … Louis van Gaal. [He] said to the player in the Dutch camp, ‘look, if you go there, I think your chances may be limited to play for Holland in World Cup, three months after the start of the season ‘.
‘For Jurrien Timber, a great Ajax-style player, a Ten Hag-style player, it was a bit of a blow.’
It is understood that Timber’s decision to reject United has ‘amazed’ Ten Hag.
According to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the chances of Timber moving to United are ‘very small’.
The report also claims that Ten Hag prioritizes relocations for Christian Eriksen and Frenkie de Jong.
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