Manchester United target Jurrien Timber reveals his plans for next season
Speaking to AD in an interview quoted by HITC, Ajax defender Jurrien Timber has revealed his plans for the future amid interest from Manchester United.
Jurrien Timber was the subject of interest as one of the first primary targets under new manager Erik Ten Hag who wanted to raid his former club to sign the talented versatile centre-back who can also be deployed as a right back if required.
After much deliberation amid interest, Jurrien Timber decided to stay at Ajax for the upcoming season in a bid to be part of the Netherlands 2022 FIFA World Cup squad.
Jurrien Timber has been impressive since his move to Ajax and has made over 80 appearances for the club. Once it was made clear that the player has shown his desire to stay for another season, he was rightly rewarded with a new contract from the Ajax hierarchy, which now runs till 2025.
However, in spite of the new contract signed, Timber has signalled his intention of a ‘plan’ that will allow him to make a big summer switch come the 2023 summer transfer window.
“Whether agreements have been made to make a transfer next year? That is the plan, so yes.
But we’ve had good talks about that together with Ajax.”
Timber’s declaration would attract the attention of top clubs such as Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, all of whom have previously registered an interest in the player.
Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez developed a formidable pair at Centre Back for Ajax and were instrumental in their Eredivisie Championship winning run.
After it was made clear by Timber to the United hierarchy about his plans of staying at the Dutch club for the 2022/23 season, attention shifted to Lisandro Martinez and eventually, the Argentinian centre-back made the move to Manchester United for a reported £56.7m fee and has already established himself as a household name.
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It could be very well argued that spending another year at Ajax would not be detrimental to Timber’s development, who at 21 years of age, has a lot of time ahead of him to make a move to one of the big clubs.
It will be interesting to see if the United hierarchy would go again for the player next summer, having already stacked up the defensive reinforcements coinciding with the fact that many top clubs would be vying for his signature.