Ajax appear to have no intention of re-signing Donny van de Beek from Manchester United after their director of football advised him to stay at Old Trafford.
There was a lot of competition for Van de Beek’s signature before he joined Man Utd last summer. Some may think he made the wrong choice given the lack of action that has followed. This season, he has only managed to start two Premier League matches.
His struggles for gametime have led to rumours that he could seek a new club just one year after his arrival in Manchester. At 24 years old and with the ability he has, he needs to be playing more regularly.
But there is a feeling among some that he was signed with a view to next season. If Paul Pogba leaves, for example, that would give more space to the Dutchman.
Even so, rumours continue to swirl about Van de Beek moving on. There has even been talk of him potentially being returned to sender and re-joining Ajax.
But the Dutch club’s director of football, former Arsenal star Marc Overmars, has advised their former player not to give up so soon.
“I think Donny should just fight, stay next year and try to claim a starting place,” Overmars told NOS.
“You shouldn’t leave so quickly.”
Van de Beek previously made 175 appearances for Ajax’s first team but it seems they do not want him to add to that tally yet. Whether he can break in on a more regular basis at Old Trafford remains to be seen.
United have Van de Beek plan
A recent report played down talk of another escape route for the midfielder – that of a potential swap deal with Roma involving Nicolo Zaniolo.
Zaniolo has missed all season with an ACL injury but was on United’s radar before that. It seems they could still consider a move for him should he complete his recovery, with Van de Beek potentially heading in the opposite direction.
According to The Sun, though, that will not be happening, as United still have “big plans” for Van de Beek.
It was not made clear what those plans are. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested that the 2020 recruit could be given more of a chance further down the line.