Manchester United have today confirmed the signing of Dutch midfielder Donny Van De Beek from Ajax.
The young midfielder joins on a five-year deal which saw United pay 40 million Euros to sign him.
Van de Beek joined the Ajax academy in 2008 as a youngster and in 2015, he made his competitive debut for the club in a Europa League match against Scottish club Celtic. In the 2016–17 season, he was in the Ajax team that progressed to the UEFA Europa League Final but lost to Manchester United. During the 2017–18 season, Van de Beek established himself as a key play in Ajax’s starting eleven and was part of the squad that set the world alert with beautiful football in the champions league managing to beat Real Madrid and Juventus en route to the semi-final before being unluckily knocked out by spurs.
The Dutch international has decided to start a new chapter of his young football career with a switch to Manchester united. The 23-year-old thanked his former club for all they did for and also stressed how he couldn’t how delighted he was to be joining the red devils. “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,” Van de Beek said.
Manchester United fans will be hoping that the addition of Van De Beek as their first major signing of the summer can be followed up by more business after they saw their board fail in its tracks to sign England sensation Jordan Sancho.