‘I will remain at Ajax’: Donny van de Beek dismisses links to Manchester United and Real Madrid as ‘not important’ as he vows to stay with Dutch champions
- Manchester United and Real Madrid are interested in Donny van de Beek of Ajax
- The 22-year-old Dutch midfielder is one of Europe’s brightest midfield talents
- However, Van de Beek has ruled out joining either United or Madrid this month
The 22-year-old had been identified as a prime target by United to solve their midfield crisis with Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba sidelined with injuries.
United had fancied their chances of landing the exciting midfielder after last season’s Champions League semi finalists had failed to qualify from the group stage this time around.
Dutch star Donny van de Beek has insisted he will remain at Ajax for the rest of the season
Van de Beek’s agent, Guido Albers, is also believed to have held talks with United officials over a potential move to the Premier League.
But the player himself has dispelled any rumours linking him with a departure from his homeland during the January transfer window. Speaking during Ajax’s mid-season training camp in Qatar, the playmaker said he is staying at the club.
‘I have said it before and I will say it again: I will remain at Ajax this season. And maybe next season as well.
The 22-year-old has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid this month
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‘These reports about Real Madrid or Manchester United are a good sign, but it is not important now. I’ve said I will stay at Ajax and I will do so, 100 per cent.’
Spanish giants Real Madrid are also reportedly interested in the Ajax man, having identified him as the man to fill the void of Luka Modric when the time comes for the Croat to leave the club.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been hesitant over signing the Dutchman in the past, with his preference being to sign countryman Paul Pogba from United.
It would appear that United’s best chance of landing Van de Beek, then, would be to offload Pogba to Madrid to rule out competition for the 22-year-old’s signature.
Van de Beek insisted that links to big teams are ‘not important’ and he is focused on Ajax