Donny van de Beek has sent a message on social media after clinching his transfer to Manchester United.
Van de Beek’s transfer to United was confirmed by the club’s official website.
He leaves Ajax and had kind words for his former club as he said an emotional farewell.
This was Van de Beek’s first tweet in more than two years, with his previous message from January 2018 when he signed a contract at the club until 2022.
Van de Beek’s followers on Twitter shot up after he signed for United.
From having just under 50,000 followers, Van de Beek has more than 100,000, such is the power of the Manchester United global support.
Van de Beek is United’s first signing of the transfer window and he will wear the club’s number 34 shirt, a tribute to his friend and former teammate Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered a career-ending heart attack three years ago.
Van de Beek has also updated his Instagram profile to now reflect that he is a Manchester United player.
He will arrive in Manchester next week after the international break.
Donny van de Beek: Player profile
- Champions League semi-finalist
Van de Beek played a key role in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-final in 2019, scoring in the tie. He has five career goals in the competition so far.
- Goalscoring midfielder
Across the past three seasons combined, Van de Beek has scored 40 goals from midfield for Ajax. 10 came this season, along with a further 11 assists.
- More than just a number 10
Van de Beek would not just be a back-up for Bruno Fernandes. He can play deeper in midfield and alternate with Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Fred.
- He’s a winner
Van de Beek won the Dutch league and club double with Ajax in 2018/19. This is vital experience for a player who is just 23, to pick up.
- International star
Van de Beek is already a regular for the Netherlands and is likely to feature at Euro 2021. Last year his reputation rose to the point he was voted 28th best player in the world in the Ballon d’Or award.
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