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Van der Sar admits Ajax must be ‘ready’ for Ten Hag departure

Edwin van der Sar admits Ajax must be ‘ready’ for the eventual departure of Erik ten Hag amid links with Manchester United.

Ten Hag is believed to be amongst the leading names the Red Devils are considering as their next permanent manager, with the Dutchman having won admirers across four years in charge of Ajax.

 

The 51-year-old has guided the Eredivisie outfit to two league titles and the 2018/19 Champions League semi-finals, whilst Ajax having enjoyed an outstanding campaign in this season’s competition to join an elite group of clubs to have secured qualification to the last 16 with a 100% group stage record.

Ten Hag is one of several names – alongside the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Mancini – believed to be under consideration for the Manchester United role, with the Red Devils assessing potential candidates ahead of an end-of-season appointment.

Former United goalkeeper and current Ajax CEO Van der Sar believes interest in Ten Hag is a compliment to the work being conducted at the Johan Cruyff Arena, though says the Dutch side must be prepared should the time come for their head coach to depart.

“This means that we are doing something well,” he told RTL7.

“It’s the same with the players. When we perform, the interest comes.

“If there is interest in our players or coach… We’ve all been blown away in the past. So be it, we have to make sure we’re ready by then. That the lists are filled in.”

Van der Sar has himself been linked with a return to Old Trafford, having spent six successful seasons with the Red Devils as a player, winning four league titles and the Champions League.

The former goalkeeper is currently working as chief executive at Ajax and suggested a future move to take a similar role at United could materialise ‘one day’.

“I am enjoying myself so much at Ajax, I still have two years left here. I want to keep achieving things here with the club,” Van der Sar said.

“But I am sure that one day the moment will arrive.”

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