Jurrien Timber to Arsenal transfer sees player ‘refuse to train’ after £34.2m deal announced

Jurrien Timber to Arsenal transfer sees player ‘refuse to train’ after £34.2m deal announced

Jurrien Timber’s move to Arsenal has been highly successful at the Emirates Stadium, but the situation is quite the opposite at Ajax.

The Gunners officially announced Timber as their second signing of the summer on Friday, with an initial transfer fee of £34.2 million, which could potentially increase to £38.5 million with additional bonuses.

In his first full interview after sealing a move to Emirates Stadium, he said: “I really had a sense that it to be a team that plays in the right way. A club that has the right values. That develops young talent and has an unbreakable bond with its supporters. Now that I’m here I feel at home already. Something special is happening here and I want to be a part of it.”

“For me it doesn’t really matter, I think that I’m lucky to say that I can play as a central defender, as a right full-back, sometimes even on the midfield. So I think that’s a good thing and I need to keep that,” he told Arsenal’s club media.

“He (Arteta) said the same thing so we are on the same page. “I spoke to him a couple of times before I came here obviously and we had some good conversations.” 

Conversely, there seems to be a lack of positive discussions at Timber’s previous club, Ajax, regarding their star player Dusan Tadic.

According to Dutch newspaper AD, there are reports that Dusan Tadic is refusing to attend training as a consequence of Timber’s departure. While Ajax has attributed the 34-year-old’s absence to “private reasons,” he has had discussions with technical director Sven Mislintat after returning from international duty.

Tadic, the former Southampton player, is allegedly particularly disappointed with Ajax’s choice to sell several defenders in recent years. Noussair Mazraoui, Daley Blind, and Lisandro Martínez have all left in the past few transfer windows, and now Timber has joined the Premier League, following in the footsteps of Martínez.

Jurrien Timber to Arsenal transfer sees player ‘refuse to train’ after £34.2m deal announced

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