Antony sends message to Erik ten Hag ahead of potential Man Utd move

Ajax winger Antony has told Erik ten Hag that he will ‘stand with him’ if he makes a transfer to Manchester United this summer.

Ten Hag has started work with United this week after Ajax’s final game of the campaign last Sunday and has already started preparations for their pre-season campaign.

The Dutchman has also held discussions with United’s hierarchy over potential transfer targets as they look to recover from their worst-ever Premier League campaign.

Several Ajax players have been linked with a move to the Red Devils including Antony, Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez.

And Antony, who was one of Ten Hag’s standout performers at Ajax this campaign, has made it clear he would be willing to follow his former manager to Old Trafford.

In a video message to Ten Hag after his Ajax exit, Antony said: ‘I want to wish you all the best at your new club.

‘I also want to thank you for everything you taught me. I am thankful all the opportunities and learning every day. ‘Know that I will always stand with you if you need me.’

Reports in Brazil have claimed that Liverpool are also in the running with United to sign Antony this summer, with both teams making approaches in recent weeks.

Ten Hag has worked with the Brazil international for two years and the winger has been quick to make an impact following his arrival from Sao Paulo, with 22 goals and 20 assists in 79 games.

Earlier this week, Ten Hag conceded that Ajax would struggle to replace Antony if he is sold this summer.

‘If Antony were to go, it would be a loss for Ajax,’ Ten Hag said. ‘You have no-one in the current squad who can take over his position. He is top class.’


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