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Manchester United have confirmed the arrival of Donny van de Beek from Ajax. The Dutch midfielder joins the Red Devils signing a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year.

The 23-year-old midfielder came through the ranks of the Ajax academy, making his senior debut in 2015. He was an instrumental figure for the Dutch side, helping them to the Europa League final in 2017 and to the semifinal of the Champions League in 2019.

Van de Beek had 10 goals and 11 assists in 37 appearances in all competitions for Ajax last season.

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On joining the club, Van de Beek 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.”

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who is excited about his new acquisition said: “Donny Van de Beek 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 Van de Beek’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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