Although Alfred Schreuder, the manager of Ajax, has criticized Antony for trying to force the move to Manchester United, the player is about to complete his transfer to Old Trafford.
Alfred Schreuder, the Ajax boss, criticized Antony for his “strange” behavior prior to the €100 million (£84 million) transfer to Manchester United.
The Brazilian international had been lobbying hard for the change since he was keen to get out of Amsterdam following two strong campaigns.
The 22-year-old had reportedly gone on strike at the club to pressure a transfer.
With his move to Old Trafford, Antony is about to set a record for a Dutch club.
There, he will reunite with Lisandro Martinez and Erik ten Hag, the manager of his previous club, Ajax. He will join the other four summertime arrivals at United.
Ajax technical manager Gerry Hamstra, right-hand man Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, and manager Alfred Schreuder were all opposed to the transfer, according to a story in De Telegraaf.
The Eredivisie giants had been certain that no more stars would go this summer after losing a number of significant players, including Martinez to United.
The board intervened and told them that, with the large transfer fee on the table, Ajax should take advantage of this chance to make a profit on the player, overruling the “football” leaders.
Antony participated in 33 appearances for the Dutch powerhouses last season, recording 12 goals and 10 assists across all competitions before missing the final three months of the year due to injury.
He also participated in nine matches for the Brazilian national team during the South American World Cup Qualifiers, scoring twice.
Regarding the upcoming transfer, Schreuder said to Ziggo Sport:
“Absolutely. In my opinion, the fact that it is conceivable within our club, in my opinion, is not good. It’s just unfortunate that this occurred in Ajax.
I’ve discussed it with him. I can understand if you’re disappointed for a day or two, but eventually you become a professional. I’ll continue with the guys that are present at this point.”
“You eventually become upset about it and wonder, ‘What are we doing?’ In the grand scheme of things.
That not only frustrates you as a trainer but also how you see yourself in the world.
Then I realize that you are only a player and must focus on doing your job. But I think it’s just horrible, personally.”
He continued by calling Antony’s decision to walk out of the club “strange” and remarking on how inflated the pricing was today:
“Today, the numbers are absurd. Barcelona paid €115 million (£99 million) for Usmane Dembele, while Manchester United paid nearly €100 million (£84 million).
Then you might cover that for Anthony as well. The players, are they worth it? No But payment will be made.”