“If there had not been a World Cup, I would have stayed with Ajax too”

Last summer, Jurriën Timber considered a transfer to a top foreign club, but finally decided to stay with Ajax. The advice of national coach Louis van Gaal does not seem to have played a decisive role in his choice.
Like many other Dutch internationals do, Timber discussed his options with the national coach. According to Voetbal International, the maintenance for the 21-year-old defender was flattering. Van Gaal expressed the expectation that he would also play with a European superpower.
Nevertheless, Timber extended his contract with Ajax until mid-2025. I made that choice for a reason, I still support that, the man told VI. The World Cup did not necessarily play a role in this. If there had not been a World Cup, I would have stayed with Ajax too.
With the Amsterdammers, Timber also gets the opportunity to show itself on the highest stage. In the Champions League, you play the matches where you‘re rated the most. That’s where you‘re asked to do the utmost. And it’s not easy in the Premier League either, by the way, you should always be focused there too. We saw that recently in the match against AZ. But the highest level assessment takes place in the Champions League and at Dutch national team matches.
Timber now seems to be heading to Qatar as a basic player. At the European Championships last year, I thought: Pfoeh, this is not nothing. The fact that I played during that tournament was already super surprising and very beautiful. That‘s where I was able to smell and taste. And then the World Cup is something else. Bigger. I’m not really aware of it yet. But it‘s clear that I’m going to give everything to be there.