Ajax senior figure Marc Overmars has played down speculation midfielder Donny van de Beek could be set to rejoin de Joden and says he should continue ‘fighting’ for a place at Manchester United.
Donny completed a £40 million switch from the Eredivisie giants to United last August with big expectations on his shoulders but the 24-year-old star has struggled to live up to his hefty price tag across an underwhelming debut season in England.
The Dutchman has made just two starts in the Premier League all campaign and rumours have been circulating suggesting Donny could be seeking an escape route out of Old Trafford this summer’s transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a wealth of variants at his disposal in midfield, with Fred, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata providing serious competition for an increasingly frustrated Van de Beek.
Recent reports stated an immediate return to his home country could even be on the cards for the Dutchman but Marc shut down any talk of a reunion during an interview with NOS.
‘I think Donny should just fight, stay next year and try to claim a starting place,’ the ex-Arsenal attacker, now director of football at the Dutch club, told the Dutch broadcaster. ‘You shouldn’t leave so quickly.’