Manchester United have been warned not to get ahead in their pursuit of Erik ten Hag after Ajax insisted they had not given up hope of keeping their manager.
The Dutchman is reportedly close to agreeing a deal to become Red Devils boss from the summer, although Gerry Hamstra, the Amsterdam giants’ technical director, has hinted that Ajax are not giving up hope.
“There is interest in Erik ten Hag, that’s normal – he’s done fantastic things,” Hamstra said on Sunday.
“We hope he stays… We have done everything we can [to keep him]. We were very busy with that.
“He reacted saying he is focusing on Ajax now. Now we are preparing for two scenarios, Ten Hag could stay or leave.
Ten Hag’s Ajax lost the KNVB Cup final at the weekend as PSV Eindhoven came one goal to win in Rotterdam, and the club are ready to quit the coach if he decides to leave .
“Erik can ultimately determine his own future, he’s old and wise enough for that,” Hamstra noted.
“We have two scenarios: we really hope he stays, it makes sense that there is interest in him. And if he doesn’t stay, we have to be ready for the second scenario.”