Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of Train Cricket as their new manager at Ajax from the start of next season.
Athletic revealed on April 12 that United had reached an agreement with Ten Hague.
It is understood that United has reached an agreement with Ten Hague outside the release clause of its Ajax deal. The Dutchman has signed a three-year deal with the option for an extra year.
Ten Hague will replace Ralph Rangnik, who has been working for United in interim power since the sacking of former manager Ole Gunnar Solskazar in November.
Athletic understands that Ten Hague wants to bring Mitchell van der Gaag, an assistant manager from Ajax, with him.
United did not activate the release clause of the Ten Hague
Eric Ten Hague has a release clause with Ajax.
It is understood that Manchester United and Ajax have reached an agreement separate from the terms of their agreement which means it has not been activated.
Ten Hague will join United in the summer, after overseeing Ajax’s remaining five league games.
Murtaza was “fascinated” by Ten Hague for Manchester United.
Manchester United football director John Murtaza was impressed with Eric Ten Hague and his vision for the club.
He said: “In the last four years at Ajax, Eric has proven himself to be one of the most exciting and successful coaches in Europe, famous for his team’s attractive, aggressive football and commitment to the youth.
In our conversation with Eric prior to this appointment, we were deeply impressed with Manchester United’s long-term vision for returning to the level at which we want to compete and his drive and determination to achieve it.
“We wish Eric all the best for his successful Ajax season and look forward to welcoming him to Manchester United this summer.
Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar has thanked Eric Ten Hague for what he has done for the club since joining in 2017.
Van der Sar says: “Four-and-a-half years is a good time, but we’d love to keep Eric at Ajax longer. He’s about to set foot in one of the biggest clubs in the world. A fantasy league.
“We thank Eric a lot for what he has achieved so far with Ajax, but we are not done yet. At the end of the season, I will look back in more detail on his departure. “