Donny Van de Beek has broken his silence on his Ajax future amid speculation linking him with a move away from Amsterdam in this summer’s transfer window.
Ajax sold two of their key players in Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt to Barcelona and Juventus respectively last summer following their stunning run to the Champions League semi-finals, and Van de Beek could be the latest to leave.
The Times reported in June that United are ready to battle Real Madrid for Van de Beek’s signature after renewing their interest in the 23-year-old.
But despite the plethora of rumours surrounding transfers, Van de Beek is relaxed about his future due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is very messy, in any case a very messy period in terms of transfers,” he told Fox Sports.
“Nothing is certain yet. I am still a player of Ajax and I am still proud to be there.
“If there had not been the coronavirus, it might have been different now. There is no clarity now and we have to wait and see how it turns out.
“I’m still here and after all these years I still have a lot of fun. If I also play at Ajax next season, I still have a lot of fun. You won’t hear me complaining.”
Van de Beek appears content with a stay at Ajax this summer but that does not mean it isn’t worth United testing the waters for one of the most highly-rated young midfielders across Europe.
The Dutch international scored eight goals and laid on a further five assists in the Eredivisie before the season was curtailed early.
He is an attractive option for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer due to his age, potential and versatility.
Van de Beek can operate in a number of positions across midfield, including box-to-box and creative roles.
Despite already delivering on the European stage, he may also be a cheaper alternative to Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish this summer.
According to the Mirror, Villa’s obstinate co-owner Nassef Sawiris will not let the United target go for a fee below £80m this summer, and United would surely be able to lure Van de Beek from Ajax for a lower fee.