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OFFICIAL: Man United announce the signing of Donny van de Beek

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Man United have officially announced the signing of 23-year-old midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax on a five-year deal.

The official statement read: “Manchester United is delighted to confirm the arrival of Donny van de Beek from Ajax. The Dutch midfielder has signed a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year.

“The Netherlands international contributed 10 goals and 11 assists in 37 games last season before the Eredivisie was curtailed.”

Speaking after joining the Premier League side, the 23-year-old said: “I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history.

“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. 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.

“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.”

According to Fabrizio Romano, Man United have paid €40m plus add ons for the youngster and as per some rumours, it was Edwin van der Sar who helped the deal go through swiftly.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the announcement: “Donny has all of the technical attributes needed to perform in this team and has the personality required to succeed at Manchester United.

“His ability to see space, time his movements and read the game will really complement the qualities that we have in midfield and his arrival really strengthens the depth of talent we have in that position.

“Donny’s performances in the Eredivisie and in Europe have been excellent over the last few years and we are all looking forward to working with him.”

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