Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek is determined to fight for his place at Old Trafford next season despite being linked to a transfer.
Van de Beek, a 2019 Ballon d’Or candidate, struggled to live up to expectations after a £ 40m transfer from Ajax last season. He only started four Premier League games and looked increasingly confident from week to week.
Van de Beek was excluded from Euro 2020 with the Netherlands due to an injury earlier this summer and has now returned to training for United ahead of the 2021/22 season.
90min In March, United announced that United was open to the idea of including Van de Beek in its offer to Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho. That deal was eventually agreed for hard cash, but the 24-year-old has also been linked with other clubs across Europe.
The Manchester Evening News writes that there have been “test requests” about Van de Beek from unnamed clubs in La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga, but the player himself sees his future at Old Trafford and wants to fight for his place.
A restful summer reportedly got him “fit, fresh and ready” with the groin injury ending his hopes for Euro 2020, which are believed to have affected the latter stages of the club’s season.
Van de Beek is currently working with United medical and fitness staff on his return to training this week and will be participating in full workouts with the rest of the squad starting Monday.
He is therefore unlikely to be involved in a pre-season game against United against QPR on Saturday, but will be on the squad for further games against Brentford (July 28) and Preston (July 31). The squad then attended a final summer friendly against Everton on August 7, a week before Leeds Old Trafford for a much-anticipated Premier League opening match.
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