Ajax have rejected Manchester United’s second bid for the Brazilian winger.
Antony has pleaded with Ajax to allow his move to Manchester United.
The Dutch side rejected United’s €90m bid for Antony on Friday, insisting on their higher valuation of the player.
The Ajax star went on to tell his side of the story in an interview with Fabrizio Romano.
What has Antony said?
“Since February of this year, my agents came to Amsterdam to inform Ajax of my desire to leave the club to face a new challenge, and that some of the interested clubs would arrive and with them a great offer,” the Brazilian said.
“In June of this year, I interrupted my vacation and came personally to inform the managers of Ajax, including the new coach, about my wish to leave and that they should consider this possibility. Because when I started in Amsterdam, it was a project for two seasons.
“During the window months, meetings concluded, including a proposal from Ajax for a contract renewal. I made it clear once again – ‘I want to leave the club’.
‘I’m not asking Ajax to release me‘
“Today, in a meeting with the club’s board of directors, I expressed my old interest in leaving the club, only this time with a considerable offer on the table. Others had already arrived [but] Ajax always refused and hinders the argument with they only have to replace [me].“
“I’m not asking to release me, I’m asking Ajax to sell me as the highest bid received by a player who plays in the Eredivisie in history. I’ve been insisting on this term since February so that the club could rebuild the team with peace of mind.
“I was very happy in Amsterdam. I won titles, made friends and built a part of my career. But now I reinforce that I’m ready and full of motivations to follow my story and my dreams.
“People need to listen to me and understand my motivation moves me towards happiness. I need to continue performing at the highest level.
“Ajax will always be in my heart.
“I hope Ajax fans understand me because the future for a football player is a totally uncertain thing and the opportunities can be unique. My message [to the fans] is one of gratitude.”