Edwin van der Sar after the departure of Erik ten Hag: We wanted him to stay

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Edwin van der Sar after the departure of Erik ten Hag: We wanted him to stay

Ajax chief Edwin van der Sar, and a former Manchester United player, is saddened by the departure of Erik ten Hag, but it was only a matter of time before the Dutchman went a step further. They are aware in Ajax what kind of coach he is, and what kind of team he has created, but they will have to find an adequate replacement.

'Four and a half years is a good amount of time, but we would have liked to have kept Erik at Ajax for longer,' he told the Ajax website. 'He is going to make the step to one of the biggest clubs in the world, in a fantastic league.'

'We owe Erik a lot of thanks for what he has achieved with Ajax so far, but we are not done yet. At the end of the season, I will look back more extensively on his departure. For now, what matters is the final games of the season in which we all want to bring home the league title.'

Ten Hag is happy to have become the new coach of Manchester United, but now his priority is to finish the season the way he wants and win the trophy with Ajax. Ajax is in the race with PSV and it will be interesting until the end.

What makes most happy is the potential arrival of some Ajax players at Manchester United.
'I'm happy that it has been finalised and that it has been officially announced,' Ten Hag said. 'That clarity is important. But I only have one interest now and that's these last five games.

'I want to finish my time here on a positive note, by winning the league. By doing so, we'll qualify directly for the Champions League. Ajax belongs there.'

Murtough on Eric ten Hag

United's football director John Murtough is happy about the arrival of Erik ten Hag 'During the past four years at Ajax, Erik has proved himself to be one of the most exciting and successful coaches in Europe, renowned for his team’s attractive, attacking football and commitment to youth.'

- he said, as quoted by dailymail 'In our conversations with Erik leading up to this appointment, we were deeply impressed with his long-term vision for returning Manchester United to the level we want to be competing at, and his drive and determination to achieve that.

'We wish Erik the best of luck as he focuses on achieving a successful end to the season at Ajax and look forward to welcoming him to Manchester United this summer.'