Ajax coach Schreuder eases Antony tension over Man Utd move: I'm happy for him

Ajax coach Alfred Schreuder says he’s happy for Antony over his move to Manchester United.

Schreuder had previously been critical of the player and United regarding the deal.

United paid Ajax €95million (£82.5million) up front, with €5million (£4.3million) due in add-ons. Antony made his intention clear to sign for United and work with Erik ten Hag again as he refused to play for the Eredivisie side in the final days of the transfer window to try and force through a deal.

Schreuder told TNT Sports: “That was, for me, disappointing, the way it happened. I spoke about it. But of course he can make this transfer. It’s also the philosophy of Ajax, they play two or three years good and they can go. So for him it’s a perfect next step, it can be very good. But the moment in that window was, for us, not good.”

Schreuder was then asked what his communication was like Antony and admitted that, despite his previous disapproval of his actions, he does admire his former winger.

“Of course, I talked a lot with him,” the Ajax boss added. “He’s a great guy, he’s a great person.

“And of course he told me also that he wanted to leave. Because he comes from Brazil to Ajax to make a next step. And that’s also what we want. We also want players to come sometimes to take a next step. That’s good for both. But the timing was, for us, not perfect.”