Edwin van der Sar, the chief executive of Ajax and a former Manchester United goalkeeper, has questioned the way Antony, a star for Manchester United, left Ajax in the summer.
The Dutchman, a legend of both United and Ajax, was compelled to consent to Antony’s sale to the Red Devils in the closing hours of the summer transfer season.
The Brazilian has made a good debut for the Premier League’s powerhouses, but van der Sar feels he would have benefited from spending an additional year with the Dutch team.
The Times quoted Van der Sar as saying: “We thought they should stay for another year. When Arsenal came in first for Lisandro, we firmly rejected them and worked hard to keep him.
“It was [an] economic [decision] but it was a hard one to take. We knew there was interest but not at that level and it was too late to find a good replacement.
“I don’t think the way [Antony] handled it was the correct one, but it’s important all the players who leave Ajax have success because it reflects well on us.”