Solskjaer lays out qualities of Van de Beek after midfielder seals Man Utd transfer

Date published: Wednesday 2nd September 2020 6:26 - Matthew Briggs

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed the special qualities of Donny van de Beek after he completed his move from Ajax on a five-year deal.

The 23-year-old, who is on international duty with Holland, moves to Old Trafford for a fee thought to be in the region of €39m, plus another €5m in add-ons.

Van de Beek skipped Holland training on Monday to undergo his United medical in the Netherlands and he has penned a deal until 2025.

The central midfielder will travel to the UK after his country’s Nations League games against Poland (September 4) and Italy (September 7).

Sky Sports report that the government have told them Van de Beek will not have to self-isolate for 14 days because the deal was completed before the international fixtures.

Van de Beek told the club’s website: “I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history. I would like to thank everyone at Ajax, I grew up there and I will always have a special bond with the club. 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.

Solskjaer: Donny has all of the technical attributes

Frenkie De Jong, Donny van de Beek

“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.”



United manager Solskjaer said: “Donny has all of the technical attributes needed to perform in this team and has the personality required to succeed at Manchester United. 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.”

Ajax’s director of football affairs Marc Overmars wished Van De Beek all the best at Old Trafford.

“This is a great transfer for Donny, one which he deserves,” he said. “It’s also a compliment to Ajax’s youth academy, where he has played since he was 11.

“Last summer there was a lot of interest in him but, luckily, we were able to keep him at Ajax for one more year.

“In the months that followed, he proved very valuable to us in both domestic and European competitions.

“He has now been a part of the Ajax first team for almost five years. He is ready for this step and we will miss him.”

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