Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek reportedly believes he would be perfect at Real Madrid and has asked his agent to try to get him a transfer there.
The Dutchman still looks like he has no long-term future at Old Trafford. In fact, he has remained on the bench for each of United’s last five matches. As such, he is stuck on the 141 minutes he has amassed across only three games this term.
Alongside his struggle for minutes, reports continue to link Van de Beek with a move away.
Everton tried to sign him in the summer, but Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blocked the move. The manager subsequently promised the midfielder a greater role, but he has not got that as yet.
Ajax have since emerged as a potential exit route. However, transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano poured cold water on that possibility.
According to Defensa Central, Van de Beek now wants to move to Madrid in the January transfer window.
He has spoken with his agent, Guido Albers, who he has asked to test the water over a deal.
Van de Beek feels that he would fit in perfectly in Carlo Ancelotti’s team and he ‘understands’ the manager’s current predicament.
Indeed, the futures of Isco and former Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos with Los Blancos remain unclear. As a result, there is a chance one – or both – could move on in the winter.
Van de Beek believes that he could subsequently step in and play a key role for Ancelotti.
However, any increase in game time would suit the 24-year-old right now. He wants to feature for the Netherlands at the 2022 World Cup, but he must first get back in manager Louis van Gaal’s thinking.
He did not make the squad for the October international break and is unlikely to do so in November.
Solskjaer backs Van de Beek
Speaking this week, Solskjaer admitted that the midfielder cannot be happy with his current situation.
“Donny is still working hard, of course, and at the moment it’s hard,” he said.
“I understand Donny is frustrated, he’s disappointed but he keeps on working every day with a big smile.
“I know he’s not happy, but he works hard and he’s a top professional.
“He knows that that’s the way that sometimes it works in football. At the moment he’s not playing but he doesn’t let himself down.”
Van de Beek looks unlikely to start Sunday’s crucial Premier League match against Liverpool.