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Utd sign Donny van de Beek from Ajax

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed but British media reported that United paid an initial fee of 35m pounds ($47m) for the 23-year old

Update : 02 Sep 2020, 10:57 PM

Manchester United have signed Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax Amsterdam on a five-year contract, the Premier League club said Wednesday.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed but British media reported that United paid an initial fee of 35m pounds ($47m) for the 23-year old.

"I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history," Van de Beek said in a statement here

“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 United.


"Having spoken to the manager about his vision for this team, the direction that the club is going in is hugely exciting and I cannot wait to be a part of that."

Having joined Ajax at the age of 11, Van de Beek scored 41 goals and provided 34 assists in 175 appearances in all competition and helped them win the Dutch league title in 2018-19.

“Donny has all of the technical attributes needed to perform in this team,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

“His ability to see space, time his movements and read the game will really complement the qualities that we have in midfield.”

Ajax's director of football affairs Marc Overmars wished Van de Beek all the best at Old Trafford.

"This is a great transfer for Donny, one which he deserves," he said. 

"It's also a compliment to Ajax's youth academy, where he has played since he was 11.

"Last summer there was a lot of interest in him but, luckily, we were able to keep him at Ajax for one more year."

United finished third in the Premier League last season to secure Champions League qualification.

The Premier League season kicks off on Sept. 12 but United, who played in the Europa League semi-finals last month, begin their campaign against Crystal Palace at home on Sept. 19.

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