Donny van de Beek is looking forward to playing a part in a successful future for Manchester United after revealing he was enthralled by the vision of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The United boss spoke to the 23-year-old midfielder and helped convince him to join United from Ajax in a deal worth an initial €39million, plus €5million in add-ons.
Van de Beek has signed a five-year deal with the option of a further year, with United concluding swift talks with Ajax over the weekend to land the attacking midfielder.
For much of the summer Van de Beek had been expected to sign for Real Madrid, but when the La Liga champions hesitated over their interested United pounced and Solskjaer played a key role in selling his vision of the club to the Holland international.
“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,” said Van de Beek.
The Ajax academy graduate has been a mainstay of a successful era in Amsterdam, excelling in the club’s run to the 2018/19 Champions League semi-finals.
But now he’s made the move to the Premier League he is determined to leave his mark on United and can’t wait to experience Old Trafford, especially once fans are allowed to return.
“I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history,” he said.
“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 Manchester United.
“Everyone has told me how amazing the Old Trafford atmosphere is and I am looking forward to experiencing that, once it is safe for the fans to return.”
Van de Beek joins an impressive array of midfielders at Solskjaer’s disposal, with Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Fred, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay already fighting for places.
“This team has some of the best midfielders in the world and I know that I can learn from them and also bring my own strengths to the group,” the new signing said.
Van de Beek will link up with his new teammates once he’s finished international duty with Holland next week.