Donny van de Beek’s future with Manchester United was in the spotlight throughout the transfer window after he made just four starts in his debut Premier League season
Donny van de Beek insists he was not close to leaving Manchester United this summer and instead held “really positive” talks with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Van de Beek’s future at Old Trafford was in the spotlight throughout the transfer window after he made just four starts in his debut Premier League season.
The Dutch playmaker finds himself low in Solskjaer’s midfield pecking order and was linked with a move to Everton, where he is sure to have played more minutes.
But Van de Beek sees his future with United and is desparate to prove his doubters wrong in his second season with the club.
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Asked whether he came close to joining Everton, the 24-year-old told Rio Ferdinand’s Vibe with FIVE YouTube channel : “No. I spoke with the manager and the club, and they said they wanted me to stay here.
“The manager was really positive about me, and he said ‘I need you, and I want to keep you here’.
“He also said: ‘What I see from you every day at training, is a different Donny now’.
“He was really positive about me, and now I am feeling well, I am in good shape, and I hope that I can show the fans that I have improved a lot.
“He said he sees a big difference, maybe I am a bit stronger now and he can see that I have one year of experience in England now.”
Van de Beek spent much of the summer working to add muscle to his previously-slender physique and his efforts caught the attention of his teammates.
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The former Ajax star underwent the rigorous fitness programme to make himself more suited to Premier League football, but he is yet to play his first minutes this season.
Van de Beek has been an unused substitute in all three of United’s games so far and he admits he has not received assurances he will be handed more minutes.
He added: “You can never promise that (game time) that’s just football. You can never promise a player and tell him if he can play or not, and I agree with that.
“I have asked to play more. You can train hard every day, but in the end, you need game time. If you only play once a month, you cannot show your best form – playing is really important.”
Van de Beek joined United last September for an initial fee of £35million rising to £40million with add-ons.
He has scored one goal for the Red Devils – in his competitive debut for the club – and has failed to find the back of the net in 35 appearances.