Manchester United's hopes of signing Jurrien Timber have suffered another blow after the defender agreed
The 20-year-old was Erik ten Hag's first choice ahead of Lisandro Martinez at the start of the summer and the Timbers were initially heavily interested
Ajax were open to letting Timber go, but Dutch boss Louis van Gaal talked the defender into moving to the Theater of Dreams
After warning the Dutchman that any player not playing regularly for their club would be left out of his World Cup squad.
This was enough for the young defender to decide to stay in Amsterdam, as he feared that a move to United at this stage in his career might be too much of a risk.
The Hag understood Timber's decision but felt the club would be first in line to sign him after the World Cup,
But Fabrizio Romano says Timber now intends to stay at Ajax long-term and the club are close to agreeing a contract extAjax technical manager
That Hag set his sights on Martinez once the Timber rejected a move to the Theater of Dreams.