Manchester United completed their first signing of the transfer window after acquiring midfielder Donny van de beek from Ajax. The 23-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the Red Devils and has an option to extend it for a further year.
Van de beek, who rose through the acclaimed academy of the Eredivisie giants, expressed his pleasure after finalizing his move to Old Trafford.
“I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history.
“I am now ready to take the next step in my career and perform at the highest level and there is no higher standard than Manchester United.
“Everyone has told me how amazing the Old Trafford atmosphere is and I am looking forward to experiencing that, once it is safe for the fans to return.
The tenacious midfielder also thanked everyone at his former club with whom he had reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League last year. He said:
“I would like to thank everyone at Ajax. I grew up there and I will always have a special bond with the club.
The player will wear the No.34 jersey in honour of former teammate Abdelhak Nouri, who collapsed during a match in 2017 and suffered serious brain damage.
Van de beek will now fight for a spot in the middle of the park with prominent midfielders like Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred. The Netherlands International claimed that he looks forward to playing with some of the best midfielders in the world. He added:
“This team has some of the best midfielders in the world and I know that I can learn from them and also bring my own strengths to the group.
“Having spoken to the manager about his vision for this team, the direction that the club is going in is hugely exciting and I cannot wait to be a part of that.”
Solskjaer feels Van de beek has what it takes to succeed at Manchester United
Manchester United manager believes that his latest talent has the technical attributes and the personality traits to be successful.
He also added that Van de beek’s intelligence will be a valuable asset while adding depth to the team as well. He explained:
“His ability to see space, time his movements and read the game will really complement the qualities that we have in midfield and his arrival really strengthens the depth of talent we have in that position.
“Donny’s performances in the Eredivisie and in Europe have been excellent over the last few years and we are all looking forward to working with him.”
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