Van de Beek might have struggled of late but there is no truth he could return to Ajax, claims the club’s director of football, Marc Overmars.
Donny van de Beek’s ongoing struggles at Manchester United have seen a return to Ajax mooted. However, Marc Overmars says the 24-year-old should stay put and fight for his place at Old Trafford.
The highly-rated Netherlands international left his homeland for England during the summer of 2020 in a £35m deal, but has seen the dream switch turn into a nightmare.
Having been restricted to just two Premier League starts, talk of another move in the next transfer window is starting to build.
However, a prominent name in the Ajax ranks has poured cold water on recent links with a return for their former prized asset.
Overmars, Ajax’s director of football, told NOS of the speculation suggesting Van de Beek could head back to Amsterdam: “I think Donny should just fight, stay next year and try to claim a starting place. You shouldn’t leave so quickly.”
Another Ajax legend, Edwin van Sar, also says Van de Beek should remain with United.
The former Red Devils goalkeeper, who is chief executive of the newly-crowned Eredivisie champions, sees no reason for another transfer to be sought.
Van der Sar told ESPN: “Of course I feel sad for Donny.
“He walked the perfect path before joining United. He joined the [Ajax] first team from the academy, became a starter, won trophies, performed in Europe – but the midfield of Manchester United is too stacked, they’ve not had any injuries. It’s hard for him.”