Rio Ferdinand has urged Donny van de Beek to “get on your bike” amid speculation linking the Dutchman with a move away from Manchester United.
The former United defender said via FIVE YouTube channel: “Sometimes it just is timing when you’re there and it’s the ability to gel with what’s there at that time as well.
“If it ain’t all clicking together, then you’ve got to get on your bike and that’s what if I’m Donny van de Beek I’m off, there ain’t no talking to me.
“I know, listen. I love Donny because he’s a humble kid, man, but I’ve got to be honest for you, if I was looking after him, he wouldn’t be there still now. He’d have been gone.”
Imagine… Ferdinand, who is notorious for flip-flopping opinions, bullish at the negotiation table with Manchester United, pretending to be a football agent? Heh.
It would only be fair to say Van de Beek hasn’t had enough chances to prove himself in a United shirt. Rarely have the club spent so much on players (£35m) only for them to get such limited game time.
For instance, Van de Beek has had just 141 minutes of action this season. How can that fill a player will any confidence?
It would’ve been best for United to cut their losses in the summer. Instead he was kept at the club to warm the bench.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done similar with big summer signing Jadon Sancho this term, but hopefully the England winger enjoys a better second half to the season after proving himself in the Bundesliga as a youngster at Borussia Dortmund.
Van de Beek is reported to have recently changed agents, as per the Daily Mail – which only suggests he will be looking for a move in the near future, unless there’s big changes at United.
His new agent, Ali Durson, is set to be busy over the coming months.
Ferdinand has presumably become friendly with Van de Beek since having him as a guest on his FIVE podcast show, and he now claims the midfielder has to leave Old Trafford for his own sake.