Donny Van de Beek is ready to call it quits at Manchester United in search of more game-time
Even though the Dutch midfielder made just a handful of Premier League starts in his three years at United so far, he says that he has no regrets about joining the team for a fee of £35 million from Ajax Amsterdam.
Unfortunately, it has done little to elevate his career that once appeared primed for greatness. The lack of ambition is still there and it is difficult to see the player resurrect his fortunes at the Theatre of Dreams.
“I need to start playing games very soon – if not at Man United then at another club. I think I have to be ambitious.”
“I have always been a lover of the game. I am absolutely crazy about football. I earn a good living at United, but money is not my motivation. I want to enjoy my work every day.”
The Dutchman, who is currently in the prime of his career, needs to play football on a regular basis. A parting of the way could very well prove to be beneficial for all parties. Van de Beek can resurrect his career while Man United can recoup what they can for a player who has been a flop.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed Van de Beek, but never quite got the best out of him. Erik ten Hag too was unable to get the best out of the player he previously managed in the Eredivisie. It is fair to say that the midfielder has not been short of opportunities to impress.
Van De Beek is a diligent midfield player who can contribute to the game’s attacking and defensive elements. At 26, he still has plenty to offer and can thrive in the right system. Where that will be remains to be seen.
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Last summer, Van de Beek appeared set to sign with Real Sociedad; however, the Spanish team backed out of the arrangement when they couldn’t come to an understanding with United. It remains to be seen if they will rekindle the interest anytime soon.
It is unfortunate how Van de Beek’s time at United turned out. All transfers don’t pan out and this appears to be one of those that the club are better off putting behind them.