The departure of Eric Ten Hag from Ajax at the end of the season is more and more certain, and the next stop of the 52-year-old expert will probably be Manchester United. Just ten days after the secret folder of Manchester United executives was revealed, in which the name of Eric Ten Hag was clearly underlined in the context of the next chief of staff, the Dutch expert broke the vow of silence and admitted that there was talk of a new job.
In a conversation with the German TV station Sport 1, he praised Manchester United and its fans, confirmed that he was in a job interview that has been buzzing in recent days, but also said that he is now focused exclusively on what awaits him in Ajax until the end of the season.
. Although Mauricio Pochettino could easily be on the market as long-term silent suffering of United's leading people, Ralf Rangnick is reportedly increasingly leaning towards Ten Hag's engagement, which the club could end at a bargain price of two million euros.
That is significantly less than the original six million, which the supposedly interested employers should have set aside for the purchase. Meanwhile, the Dutch Telegraph, which practically never makes a mistake with the announcements, revealed that there is a release clause in the Ten Hag contract worth 2,000,000 euros for the last 12 months of his contract in Ajax.
United was satisfied with the outcome of the first talks with the Ajax coach, and the next round is announced for the next period, before the end of the current season. That is why Ten Hag is now under special scouting of United emissaries, while the first operative of Ajax, Edwin van der Sar, is doing everything to provide the coach with a new contract with a significant increase compared to the previous 2,500,000 euros.
It is speculated that Ajax would sign a two-year contract with Ten Hag, just to remove the mentioned item on the release clause, or insert a new one with a slightly higher price.
However, it is also stated that the former Manchester United goalkeeper is aware that the parting is closer than the extension of cooperation, which is why they are preparing for life at the Johan Cruyff Arena after Ten Hag.
There is even speculation that he has won two Dutch championships and a total of five trophies with the Spearmen, targeting two other unnamed European clubs, one of which has been described as a "powerful German club" that could be Dortmund, although it is not specified.
It is interesting that the story about Ten Hag's increasingly certain transfer to United was nailed down again on the day when Pep Guardiola stated that one day he could see him as the successor on the Manchester City bench.
"Eric could definitely be here (in City). The way he approaches the game definitely deserves respect. We often exchanged opinions at Bayern and he is an amazing person and coach. His qualities have shown the best in Ajax's results in recent years.
It's nice to watch them, "said Guardiola, referring to the possibility of Ten Hague coming to United: "You never know what might happen. There have been many brilliant coaches since Sir Alex Ferguson left. You can't say that David Moyes, Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho are not adequate managers. "