Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder continues to resent his club over the sale of Lisandro Martinez and Antony to Manchester United.
That’s according to Henk Spaan, who was writing in his Het Parool column following the Eredivisie side’s 3-0 loss to Liverpool in the Champions League.
“Schreuder is still full of resentment over the sale of Antony and Martinez,” he says.
The South American pairing was crucial for Ajax last season, with Martinez even winning the club’s Player of the Season award before the summer.
Antonio, for his part, contributed style and quality in attack.
Schreuder received assurances that the Brazilian would not be sold and repeatedly expressed his desire to work with the winger.
Ajax received around £135m for the pair, however their replacements have yet to live up to their competitions.
It is perhaps notable that there does not seem to be any hard feelings over the departures of Noussair Mazraoui and Ryan Gravenberch, both transferred to Bayern Munich.
But for Spaan, the problem in Amsterdam runs deeper than those two players.
“Of course Ajax suffers from the lack of a number of core players, but Ajax suffers more from the lack of Erik ten Hag,” he writes.
With United also signing the Ajax manager in the summer, the Dutch team’s struggles in the Champions League have been put on full display.
They have lost four games out of five in their group and are set to play in the Europa League, where a reunion could be on the line. United Matchday Magazine – Stay on top of all things red! Take a seat for the West Ham game and join the debate on United’s hottest topics!
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