It seems that Jurrien Timber will be remaining at Ajax for another year, despite serious interest from Manchester United.

Erik ten Hag reportedly wants Timber to join him at Manchester United this summer and some reports stated the defender was also open to the move.

However, speaking to Sky Sports, Marcel van der Kraan, chief of sports at De Telegraaf, revealed that a deal was off after Timber spoke with Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal. The warning that he would not be called up to the Netherlands squad if he was not playing regularly was enough to convince Timber to stay put.

Van der Kraan said, “The player was ready to come. His agents were in London to talk to Manchester United. They had very good conversations and money was never an issue.”

Potentially missing the World Cup scuppered the deal though, “That was a disappointment for Jurriën Timber, a typical Ajax and Erik ten Hag player. But with Maguire and Varane, United of course has great defenders, he would not play there – at his age – every week.

“Ten Hag wanted him to slowly get used to the team and let him play at the right moments. Timber said: boss, I can’t come with you to United, because my place in the Dutch national team is more important .”

Ajax are now looking to convince the defender to sign a new deal at the club.

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