Ajax star Jurrien Timber has insisted teammate Antony ‘deserves’ his big money move to Manchester United this summer.
The Brazilian forward completed a €100m move to Old Trafford earlier this week after they struck an agreement with Ajax following months of speculation.
The move has naturally caused a huge stir in the Netherlands and England, with the sum one that naturally causes a lot of conversation.
There are plenty who believe the forward is nowhere near worth such a figure, despite having starred for Ajax in recent years.
Indeed, there are those who argue he is both not worth the sum being paid for him or deserving of such a big move at this point in his career.
It seems that’s not an opinion shared by his now former teammate Jurrien Timber, though, who insists Antony is more than deserving of the chance to shine in the Premier League.
“Of course, we have a feeling about it, but ultimately, we just have to do it – with or without a replacement.
“I think it’s great for him. It’s a very nice step for a nice amount of money. He has done well, and he deserves it.”
It’s been another year of big departures for Ajax, who have lost Antony and fellow stars Lisandro Martinez, Noussair Mazraoui, Sebastien Haller and Ryan Gravenberch to name just four.
Timber was also linked with a move away, with Erik ten Hag determined to take him to Manchester United at one point.
That never happened, with the defender instead electing to sign a new deal at the club and continue his development in the Netherlands.
The belief is that he will bring in a huge transfer sum at some point in future, and he certainly hopes that is the case.
“It would be nice. That would be a dream come true,” he added.
“I am still young, so that is why they say talent. If you compare me to everyone else, I think I did well compared to the older boys.
“The hunger remains. If I win it (talent of the year) this season, I want to win it next season too.”