Jurrien Timber responded to the Manchester United switch rumours with all of the composure that has made the membership so determined to signal him.
The Ajax defender has strongly been linked with following Erik ten Hag to Old Trafford, having been impressed by his growth in Holland.
Yet regardless of praising the United supervisor for making him the ‘footballer and the man’ he’s in the present day, Timber performed down the prospect of starring on the Theatre of Dreams.
He informed Het Parool: “I’m good at Ajax. I can still learn a lot, especially if we continue to play in the Champions League.”
Timber’s priorities in taking part in for a membership that may greatest service his path to greatness over one with sentimental worth has all the time been clear.
Barcelona are a membership during which Ajax have shared quite a lot of greats up to now together with Johan Cruyff, Louis van Gaal and Patrick Kluivert.
And most not too long ago, Frenkie de Jong, however Timber claimed he’d relatively be a part of Man City – a crew that wins!
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“I like to play for prizes; that’s why I say (Manchester) City (over Barcelona) now,” he informed Helden Magazine.
“Barcelona has a much less good interval for the time being.
“I wish to develop as a participant, use my time at Ajax to develop into even higher. At Ajax, you need to be completely happy in case you are within the beginning line-up; that’s why I wish to get pleasure from this time consciously.
“I play for the prizes right here; there isn’t a higher place to be. Ajax was all the time my dream membership; I additionally slept beneath an Ajax quilt.
“I plan to stay here for a while. But if Manchester City calls, what should I do?”
Timbers repute as a logical however decided defender really goes again even additional to when he was a toddler.
Born in Utrecht in 2001, Jurrien and his twin brother Quinten’s expertise was evident throughout their tenure with their native newbie membership DVSU.
“We actually only took on children from the age of six and there was a considerable waiting list, but as four-year-olds they were simply too good to refuse,” Twan Lenders, their ex-youth coach informed Ajax Showtime.
“Nobody was afraid of the team beforehand, but they made sure that we immediately became champions against boys of seven and eight years old.”
Jurrien and Quinten’s skill attracted consideration from the highest golf equipment in Holland and Feyenoord quickly got here calling however once more the pair have been unfazed.
Their older brother Dylan informed Ajax Showtime: “They are so calm. We as soon as drove by way of the Bokkenbuurt in Utrecht with the Feyenoord van.
“Suddenly some balls and food were thrown at the bus. I was shocked and all the boys around me didn’t know what to do. Jurriën and Quinten looked ahead. Nothing wrong. They didn’t care.”
Similarly, neither Timber cared after they jumped ship from Feyenoord to rivals Ajax’s academy in 2014.
During their teenage years, Jurrien and Quinten have been inseparable and naturally drew comparisons to a different set of legendary twins Frank and Ronald de Boer after changing into European champions with Netherlands U17s.
Their different brother Chris added: “Quinten is an efficient one, who usually fights onerous towards onerous. Jur, then again, is calm.
“Where Quinten is fierce, has an opinion and if he loses and says nothing within the again seat after a defeat, Jurriën is in flip extra important.
“If you ask him what went well in a match, he simply says who did and did not reach the level.”
Creative midfielder Quinten by no means performed for Ajax’s first crew, however Jurrien’s management qualities led Ten Hag to handing him his first-team debut towards Heerenveen in 2020.
Timber’s mature show helped his aspect to a much-needed 3-1 win throughout their title race with AZ of their ultimate recreation earlier than coronavirus ended the marketing campaign prematurely.
However, he had made sufficient of an impression to stake his declare as an everyday when the subsequent season began and he’s by no means appeared again.
Timber, as a product of Ajax’s academy, is of course comfy on the ball however he additionally reads the sport nicely and is robust within the sort out.
Timber – who beforehand performed beneath his father’s surname Maduro – is simply 5’9 however his velocity and energy have seen him deal with the strongest of forwards.
“He could even play at left-back or in central midfield,” Ten Hag informed Ajax TV.
“He will not immediately be the leader of the Ajax first team, but he dares to speak out immediately and has not been shy in the dressing room. Those are important qualities to get far.”
The 20-year-old was a part of De Boer’s Netherlands squad for Euro 2020 and has since loved one other good season in 2021/22.
During a title-winning season along with his membership, Timber additionally began his nation’s 1-1 draw with Norway in September, saying afterwards: “Haaland is the best player I’ve played against so far.”
If issues had been completely different Timber might have been lining up alongside the striker on the Etihad subsequent season – now he may be United’s greatest hope in stopping him…
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