Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek on a five-year deal.

The 23-year-old made it clear to Ajax at the start of the summer that he was hoping for a transfer, but a move to Real Madrid broke down because of the coronavirus affecting the Spanish giants finances.

However, Van de Beek has now got his wish with the midfielder joining Manchester United until 2025. The Premier League giants reportedly pay Ajax €39 million with around €5 million added on in bonuses.

Van de Beek told the Manchester United website, “I can’t even begin to explain how incredible it is to be part of a club with such a great history.  

“I am ready for the next step in my career, ready to perform at the highest level. In that regard, there is no bigger stage than Manchester United. Everyone has already told me how great the atmosphere at Old Trafford is, and I can’t wait to experience it once it’s safe for fans to come here again.”

The Dutch international is not scared of the competition, “This team has some of the best midfielders in the world, but I know I can learn from them. At the same time, I also want to add my own qualities to the selection. I have spoken to the manager (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) About his vision for this team, and the path the club has taken is exciting. I can’t wait to be part of that. ‘

Van de Beek also spoke of Ajax, “I want to thank everyone at Ajax: I grew up there and will forever have a special bond with that club.”

Van de Beek made his debut for Ajax in 2015 and went on to make 175 appearances, scoring 41 times.

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