Manchester United midfielder is set for a spell on the sidelines after his season was cut short following the untimely injury he sustained against Bournemouth earlier this year.
The former Ajax star has undergone surgery since then and Ten Hag has revealed that the midfielder is highly unlikely to feature again this season.
The news came after Van de Beek was finally beginning to feature regularly under Ten Hag, having struggled to make a name for himself at Old Trafford for the previous two years.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used Van de Beek sparingly and Ralf Rangnick, who replaced the Norwegian on a short-term basis, sent the player out on loan to Everton.
Now, it has been revealed by journalist and transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano that Ten Hag wanted to keep Van de Beek despite his neverending struggles.
“In the final days of the summer transfer window, before deadline day, they received three approaches from one Italian and two English clubs for Donny van de Beek,” Romano told GiveMeSport.
“They said no because ten Hag is convinced about his potential, so I’m sure they will try to protect the player.”
Evidently, Ten Hag had a plan for the much-maligned midfielder but they have now been disrupted as Van de Beek will have to wait even longer for another opportunity.
When Ten Hag was appointed, it was almost like Van de Beek had been given a golden lifeline. It was, after all, Ten Hag who provided Van de Beek with the platform to earn himself a move to the Reds in the first place.
Unfortunately for Van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes is virtually untouchable in the side and the Portuguese maestro currently occupies his preferred position.
Van de Beek’s injury means that it is no longer an immediate issue for Ten Hag but going forward, it’s going to be interesting to see how the 25-year-old is reintegrated.